At the beginning of my numerous travels to Cairo, Egypt I was introduced to a quite different style of living. Due to circumstances in the Country, those who can afford it flee the hectic and cluttered city. Compounds or Gated Community is what they call the constructed villages outside of Cairo’s bustling center. 6th of October is one of their Satelite Cities, that contain multiple gated compounds. They vary in size and cost. What they all have in common, is to segregate – for security as I was told. Out here the pollution, noise, and busy streets are absent.
The concept of gated community was mostly new to me. However knowing the circumstances of living in the Cities center it did make sense to me.
One of the compounds I got to know is Dreamland. Just hearing the name made me curious. When then once visiting Family of friends in Dreamland, the whole picture and idea of gated communities made me question quite a few things.
This project visualizes the paradox of societies social structures. How the wealthy generate places where they are sheltered by the feared danger from the financially less fortunate. Where they then employ the same people they try to keep out of their paradise to guarantee their safety.
By wearing their blue uniform, the guards transform to a symbol of Dreamlands security and prestige.
Dreamland has an additional paradox. Due to its real estate being bought merely as investments the guards are primarily the only people you will see in the streets of Dreamland.
Book 25cm x 20cm , 136 Pages, 66 images analog photography