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The city of Bananatopia envisions greater Cairo in a different way. It portrays the reality of the city, by showing the social problems and differences existing in the city through Bananas. It proves that Cairo is a class based city; where neighboring districts could have a huge difference in terms of social class, lifestyle and social favoritism; highlighting the invisible border. This is shown by studying and analyzing the different types and prices of Bananas found in greater Cairo and their journey. The choice of Bananas is because it is a product that is embedded in the Egyptian culture and highly consumed by all classes; also its available everywhere around the city all year. Thus, by mapping the different types and prices of bananas and their journey; an invisible border between the districts in Bananatopia is shown. The 2 sides existing on the border show great difference in terms of richness, privileges and social class. Each party stays on its side not willing to cross this border.


Arts Department

First Advisor

Ahmad Saqfalhait

Second Advisor

Bahia Shehab

Third Advisor

Ghalia Elsrakbi

Committee Member 1

Bassem Yousri

Committee Member 2

Engy Aly

Committee Member 3

Mahamad Khalil



Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval

Not necessary for this item


This project is part of “ Zoom in Keda- Fourth Graduating Class of Graphic Design Students-The American University in Cairo – Class 2018-2019” catalog. Several global cities have acquired an international rep¬utation as design education hubs by acknowledging the importance of education planning and early learning ex¬periences through providing a structured career path and aligning design skills with the economy’s various needs. Our 8 years old Graphic Design program at the Ameri¬can University in Cairo aims to follow the same strategy, mentoring students on how to channel their creativity and knowledge into reshaping their communities, leaving a positive imprint on their society. Four design segments have been commonly defined in the MENA region’s design sector; namely: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Industrial/Product Design. The title for the fourth design seniors show was “Zoom in Keda “. As with the previous 3 exhibitions, the title builds on the graphic design language in Egyptian vernacular cul¬ture. “Zoom in Keda” is a commonly used phrase in the de¬sign field, told when one wishes to examine the micro de¬tails of a design on screen. The exhibition was held at the AUC Sharjah Art Gallery on December 2nd, 2018, where bachelor projects completed by the fourth graduating class of Graphic Design students were displayed.


This record describes an artistic or creative work which was prepared as part of a course of study at the American University of Cairo. The creators retain all rights to the original artistic or creative works described herein.

Publication Date

Fall 12-2-2018

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