100 Conversations video installation
100 Conversations merges the female body, sexuality, and smoking to explore the taboos associated with the three in Cairo, Egypt. A woman smoking in public in Cairo triggers stereotypes and taboos associated with her sexuality. 100 Conversations is a project that not only steps over the boundaries of the taboo, but creates an atypical space where intimacies are shared rather than concealed. KM has conversations with women living in Cairo about their sexualities and experiences. As the conversations take place, she invites the women to smoke with her. The cigarettes are hand-rolled by KM with a piece of fabric replacing a typical filter. Each filter (square of fabric) visualizes spoken and unspoken thoughts of the smoker and her sexuality. The filters are visual transcriptions of two actions usually reserved for private exchange: smoking and talking about sexuality. Collecting the filters and using them as vestigial recordings of the conversations, KM juxtaposes them with soundless videos conversations, inviting the viewer to experience fragments of complex female sexualities.