The Egyptian artist reveals how The Solar Grid describe on his fears for the countrys future, his admiration of Edward Snowden and his own experience of fleeing repression
It is 949 years since a global inundate of biblical proportions. The world is reliant upon a vast grid of solar panel to power its factories around the clock. Night-time has been consigned to legend. In the aftermath of environmental catastrophe, the worlds clean water is now confined to a network of towers built by the worlds richest man.
While the dystopian scenario of Ganzeers debut graphic novel, The Solar Grid, is science fiction, the story is rooted in history, political and personal. The Egyptian artist, best known for murals that championed the spirit of the 2011 Cairo revolution, took inspiration from his first sighting of the Niles Aswan dam. As child, he felt awe. Today, Ganzeer ensure the environmental impact of the dam on Egypt as emblematic of humanitys adverse impact throughout the whole planet.
I was 16 when I went to the Aswan high dam, recalls Ganzeer , now 34 and living in Los Angeles. It was so breathtaking, being on top of this huge machine. But as Ive grown older and was increasingly very concerned about the environment, it feels like if humanity ever had a warning sign in regards to the obstruct doom of the earth, that Egypt is likely it. All this lush nature is referenced in the ancient texts, tombs and temples, scenes of hunting gazelles and lions and you look at the country today and its actually devastated.