A moonlike face as bright as the sun
Diffusing musk, promises, and hopes,
And the bare face of truth.
Ibrahim El-Salahi: This face shows how I used to understand people and how I thought about them. They appeared to me like a face, a moon face, very clear, very far away, aloof— but sympathetic. And that face can turn to give you another face to reality, and you are squeezed into nothingness. You become someone with no identity, not even a number.
Publication excerpt from Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook, 1976. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.