Art d'Egypte

​Art d’Egypte hosts its third Edition at the Giza Pyramids

Art D’Egypte, founded by the curator Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, is a private, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting Egyptian arts and cultural endeavours. Ms. Abdel Ghaffar, who spent her formative years in an Alexandria-based French-Egyptian family, established Art D’Egypte in 2021.

Ghaffar’s early exposure to cultural influences and Egypt’s rich heritage greatly contributed to her aspiration to champion the arts in Egypt, especially modern Egyptian art, which draws inspiration from the Pharaonic legacy and the concept of art’s societal significance. Following the same, she launched an exhibition that coincided with the “Forever Is Now” exhibition, housed within the historic Salah al-Din Citadel, dating back to the 12th century.

Art d’Egypte 2023 revolves around the theme of “play,” where the Giza Plateau undergoes a remarkable transformation into a realm of unpredictability, spontaneity, and exploration. This includes the inclusion of interactive sculptural pieces designed to encourage active participation from the audience. By allowing visitors to shape their own experiences and influence the results of each piece, Forever is Now 03 offers a unique opportunity to blend the roles of artist and observer, creating a dynamic playground of endless possibilities.

Ghaffar, who serves as the Founder and Curator of Art D’Egypte under the title “Culturvator,” expressed that the upcoming year’s event is set to be their most ambitious one to date. Featuring 14 participating artists, it is the most extensive program they have ever organized. Similar to its predecessors, the 2023 edition will maintain its core mission of fostering unexpected and invigorating conversations between the ancient history of humanity and its modern-day existence.

Art d’Egypte will underscore the enduring impact of Egypt’s cultural heritage and its ability to continuously inspire fresh perspectives in both the realms of art and the public imagination. This opportunity will allow both Egyptians and international visitors to engage with and encounter contemporary art within the context of this iconic and age-old monument.

Notable featured artists include:

  • Arne Quinze, a Belgian artist, presents a circular sculpture called “Lupine,” offering a unique perspective into a secluded view of one of the Pyramids and its hidden axis lines.
  • Greek artist Dionysios has created a geometric installation generated by artificial intelligence, envisioning diverse prayers in the form of light.
  • Carole Feureman, an American artist, crafts a hyperrealistic sculpture that resonates with the essence of Hathor, the ancient Egyptian goddess associated with love and fertility.
  • Rashid Al Khalifa from Bahrain presents fragments of a labyrinth, emerging from the ground at various angles, each adorned with patterns inspired by Athanasius Kircher’s 1679 work “Turris Babel” (The Tower of Babel).
  • Argentinian artist Pilar Zeta contributes a limestone portal positioned amidst golden and blue spherical objects, forming a chequered pathway and a mirrored egg, among other intriguing elements.

Other artists taking part in the event are Azza Al Quibaisi representing the UAE, Artur Lescher from Brazil, Costas Varotsos hailing from Greece, J of French origin, Mohamed Banawy from Egypt, Rashed Al Shaishai from Saudi Arabia, Sabine Marcelis from The Netherlands, Sam Shendi with connections to both Egypt and the UK, and Stephan Breuer representing France.

Since 2023, “Forever is Now” has been established as a project category within the scope of Culturevator, with the support of UNESCO and the endorsement of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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