Art D’Egypte, initiated by curator Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, is a multifaceted company supporting Egyptian arts and culture. It fosters global creative collaborations, strengthening Egypt’s art scene and supporting emerging artists. The company also promotes Egyptian artists internationally, offering services like art consultancy and curatorial expertise.
Against the backdrop of the iconic Pyramids, a group of artists from diverse corners of the globe have breathed life into their imaginative interpretations of these monumental structures. This is held as a celebration of creativity and cultural diversity, as artists come together to convey their own heritage and perspectives through their sculptures.
Observatory Meta Oiko
Artur Lescher aims to shift the perspective of the Pyramids by altering the scales. This offers a fresh viewpoint, with the interior of the pyramids serving as a focal point.
The Ghost Temple
Made by Sam Shendi to focus on the enduring influence of Ancient Egyptian civilisation. This is emphasised by the artwork’s looks of architectural remnants while still being of significant strength.
Reality is Timeless
Rashid Al Khalifa, a renowned artist and the honorary president of the Bahrain Arts Society, created this piece of art. It is inspired by ancient mythology, resembling a labyrinth that emerges from the ground at various angles. Every fragment features designs derived from Athanasius Kircher’s interpretation of the Egyptian labyrinth, found in his 17th-century book, Turris Babel.
Rashed Al Shashai honours the legacy of the pyramids using the ancient craft of wicker weaving. This highlights the importance of conserving traditional techniques while embracing innovation and creativity. It erases the boundaries between conventional and contemporary, offering a fresh perspective on art, heritage, science, and sustainability.
In the Form of The Goddess Hathor
Hathor held immense significance in Egyptian mythology, embodying various aspects such as the sky, women, fertility, love, beauty, music, joy, and motherhood. As an expression of American sculptor Carole Feuerman’s deep admiration for these profound symbolisms, she embodied the goddess in a lifelike sculpture of a contemporary woman using hyperrealism.
A striking inverted golden triangle that appears to levitate in space, a piece conveying a profound vision of material elements and spiritual concepts. Stephan Breuer’s enigmatic artwork blends advanced technology with spirituality to urge guests to pause and reflect on the external world and their inner selves.
With the interplay between nature’s robustness and delicacy, Arne Quinze used a circular design to mirror the repetitive cycle of day and night. This parallels the relationships between celestial bodies and the sun within our solar system.
An instalment by Azza Al Qubaisi where she masterfully employs elements that mirror the natural environment with earthy hues, encapsulating the textures of the desert. This piece offers an opportunity for observers to immerse themselves in an almost inner journey as they navigate the space between the artwork, ultimately reaching the pyramid, all while witnessing their own reflection.
As Above, So Below
Mohamed Banawy’s creation is inspired by the ancient cosmic principles of Egypt and the confessions of the Egyptian Goddess, Maat. It encompasses the doctrines of equilibrium and serenity, serving as a means to restore order and illuminate the world amid turmoil and obscurity.
Created by Sabine Marcelis, it is a solar-operating functional piece that harmonises with the natural elements. Operating independently of the grid, it captures the sun’s energy to cast light once the sun sets.
Inside Out Giza
This is a continuation of JR's Inside Out Photo Booth display, which was shown during the second edition of Forever is Now and was visited by more than 3,600 participants. Every participant was given a huge black & white portrait that they could momentarily see beside the Great Pyramids of Giza by sticking it to a billboard.
This year, the photographs are shown as a group in collaboration with the UNESCO world heritage site, creating an even more fleeting message in front of the everlasting Pyramids.
The chequered pathway, symbolising duality, guides individuals to a mirrored egg, representing the potential for all things and exploring one’s subconscious. Pilar Zeta found her inspiration in the ancient mysticism of Egypt, creating this interactive experience for viewers.
Characterised by a series of eight circles, Costas Varotsos showcases the interplay between the Nile and the Pyramids. The concept of the horizon not only defines the physical space but also symbolises one’s attitude toward life.