The Onset of the Nightmare
Ibrahim El-Salahi: A bird of evil hangs over your head continuously and reminds you that you will be caught, you will be taken again. It repeats the bitter experience you have been through and the worries you have. It is a terrible situation. That was the beginning of the nightmare I used to have. When I was released at last, every single night I woke up from these horrible dreams. That is what made me start making small sketches, small abstract works in full color.
Publication excerpt from Ibrahim El-Salahi. Prison Notebook, 1976. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2018.