“Discourse by Midnight” is a suite of photographs that characterize Dania Hany’s day-to-day practice, where she relies on intuition to guide her through foreign places to find intimacy and familiarity in them. Hany embarks on a personal exploration of how we perceive the spaces that surround us and how we remember them. Taken on 35 mm analog film, the work combines a free exercise of seeing with the deliberate capturing of an image; the frames carry a first-person viewpoint with less than classical crops and glitches from a peripheral vision. Hany weaves herself, her own memories and experiences in and out of the work she produces, projecting emotion onto seamless physical planes.
When working on long-term projects, Hany adopts a research-based methodology, while reserving a poetic approach to the visual and narrative forms. In her most recent ongoing project, Hany traces her family roots that go all the way to the mountains of the Caucasus. A substantial part of the work goes into researching the larger historical narrative during the late 19th century, as well as documenting an inherited oral history within her family. The project also centers around questions of belonging, inherent memory and how trauma can be finely woven and passed down through generations.
Dania Hany (b. 1995) is a Cairo based artist working with analog photography, text and archives. Her work explores themes of memory, poetry and intuition, engaging intimacy with personal narratives and tracing oral history. Her work has been published in online magazines and blogs such as iGNANT and World Press Photo's Witness and exhibited in Cairo at Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo Photo Week, Rome at LoosenArt Gallery, Stockholm as part of Supermarket - Stockholm Independent Art Fair and Latvia at the International Summer School of Photography. In 2019, she was selected for the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) grant/mentorship, mentored by Eric Gottesman.