The development of floral decorations in Islamic monuments was a direct result of the prohibition of religious iconography. In order to avoid any potential for idolatry, depictions of human figures or likenesses were substituted for motifs inspired by the natural world, specifically botanical elements. In her shots of the interiors of Sultan Qaitbay Mosque and Seedi Abu Hussein AlShazly Mausoleum, Hoda Baraka showcases the focus on nature in Islamic decoration, in both form and colour.
Alongside her photographs are those captured by Seif Amr and Mohamed El Gendy, which in turn offer different perspectives of Egypt’s agricultural environments. Together, they represent the centuries-long bond between the two subject matters.