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In 1988 I received a postcard from my mother from Berlin with an image of the statue of Nefertiti, with the following text:

"It was a radiant spring week which sweetened the bitter taste of that city for me.
Berlin, where such devilish plans were conceived and where these plans were issued.
Berlin, what has this city had to pay and nevertheless, from the ruins, from the misery, from all the horrors of war, a fresh spacious, beautiful city has risen, where art lives and flourishes. - Purified by the bombing from the air and all the enemy troops surrounding it - because as strange as it may sound, war has a purifying effect -
On May 11 we visited the Ägyptisches Museum Berlin. I think a museum is a solitary experience, we each went our own way. Up a spiral staircase and there I entered a dark, velvet room, where in the center, illuminated, Nofretete's beautiful head is a fascinating centerpiece. An unforgettable confrontation."

That postcard became the starting point for my photography project and search for the history of Nefertiti. The statue discovered in Tel el Amarna in 1912 was excavated in the workshop of the sculptor Tutmoses and taken to Berlin. The image that symbolizes the height of beauty. The image is lifesize and served as an example for artists who applied the murals in the Royal Wadi.

I peeled off the back of the postcard layer by layer and made a print of each stage on photographic paper. The text, my mother's handwriting, gradually disappeared and the bust of Nefertiti appeared more and more clearly.

I made a trip to Egypt and visited the places where Nefertiti had lived. In Tel el Amarana de Wadi, the Royal tombs with the damaged murals. The remains of the ruins of her palace. The schoolchildren ran along when I got off the boat that took me to the other side of the Nile. There were no other tourists. From Hotel Nefertiti I saw the sun drifting between the Wadis. Her image was everywhere: on walls, on post sheets, on trainsets. I read books about the Empire of which she was a part, the wife of Aknaten, the sun king. The Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV who became king in 1375 BC, calling himself Akhnaten and introducing a monotheistic cult of the sun god Aton. He built a new city Achetaton ("the horizon of the god Aton") and introduced a series of new ideas that met with considerable resistance. The priests of the ancient cult called on the people to resist. Akhnaten's city was destroyed and the pharaoh and his family chased away.