Youssef Rakha: Three Times Cairo

One: Instagram Dreams

Sleep-deprivation is like being high. I know because I was high for a long time, then I started sleeping irregularly. It’s supposed to have something to do with lack of sugar in the brain, which is also the theory of what LSD does to consciousness. Things grow fluid and dreamlike, but at the same time there is a paranoid awareness of motion and a heaviness in the heart. Colour and sound become a lot sharper, and time feels totally irrelevant. Normal speed is fast but fast can pass for normal. A moment lasts for days, days can fit in a moment. Talking and laughing are far more involving, especially laughing. The grotesque animal implicit in each person comes out, sometimes messing up the conversation. And then it’s as if you have no body. As in the best music, an uncanny lightness balances the overriding melancholy. There is joy in flying when you don’t need to move. All through this, what’s more, every passing emotion turns into an epic experience.

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Fabrizio Nacciareti: The Dark Side

Fabrizio Nacciareti, born in Rome in 1981, graduated from the Higher Institute of Photography and Integrated Communication there. His early work involved travel and geographic reportage. Later he pursued social photography, looking for stories and figures out of the collective imaginary. In 2009 he joined”OnOff Picture”, an Italian agency of photojournalism and reportage. He has since collaborated with the most important Italian and international magazines. He is currently a freelance photographer, based in Rome.

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