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photograph - The Break

The Break

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Cairo (photographed)

  • Date:

    01/2011 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hammam, Nermine, born 1967 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    archival inkjet print

  • Credit Line:

    Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Photograph depicting two Eygptian soldiers standing at rest, dressed in grey and red uniforms. The setting is a field of flowers, with snow-capped mountain scenary in the background.

Place of Origin

Cairo (photographed)


01/2011 (photographed)


Hammam, Nermine, born 1967 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

archival inkjet print


Height: 60 cm image, Width: 60 cm image, Height: 72 cm paper, Width: 72 cm paper, Height: 840 mm framed, Width: 830 mm framed, Depth: 40 mm framed

Descriptive line

Photograph, 'The Break' from the series 'Upekkha', archival inkjet print, by Nermine Hammam, Egypt, 2011

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Light from the Middle East: New Photography

Labels and date

When the army was called in to respond to the protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January 2011, Hammam was struck by the vulnerability of the soldiers. They seemed to want to be anywhere but there. In her photographs she transports these soldiers into vibrant fantasy settings. The images are reminiscent of postcards. They liken the events of Tahrir Square to a tourist attraction that drew the world’s attention, but was not fully understood.

(Marta Weiss)
[September 2012]

Production Note

These photographs were made in response to the events of January 2011 which resulted in the removal of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Hammam's series entitled 'Upekkha' is based on portraits made in Tahrir Square, Cairo.


Photographic paper


Archival inkjet printing; Photography


Photographs; Military


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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