ZAWGATI WAL KALB: My wife and the dog, 2009

Mahmoud Refat
ZAWGATI WAL KALB: My wife and the dog, 2009
Music score
110 minutes
Installation view
Photo by Alfredo Rubio


In 2000 Mahmoud Refat began composing soundtracks for dance and theatre and later composed for cinema, television documentaries, experimental videos and short films. At Past of the Coming Days he presented a live musical score for experimental Egyptian film Zawgati wal kalb: My wife and the dog (1971).

Refat’s work is often based on memories of locations and situations reproduced through contemporary electronica and experimental beats. Field recordings are a fundamental part of his practice and these are often reworked as a way of filtering the past through the present and drawing attention to the unremarkable, unnoticed sounds and patterns of everyday life. Since 2004 he has released six solo albums and worked on numerous international collaborative and compilation projects, audio-visual performances and installations. He has recently featured in Mazaj: Recalibrating Middle Eastern Sonic Cultures - A Festival Of Experimental Middle-Eastern Music, London (2010), Social Kitchen Space, Kyoto, Japan (2010). III Festival Internacional de Visualistas y Live Cinema LUX Seville, Spain (2009) and Experimentaclub Madrid (2009),

Mahmoud Refat was born in 1974 and lives in Cairo. He is also the founder of Cairo based record label 100 Copies Music and the 100 Live Electronic Music Festival in Cairo.

November 2010

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9