Ancient Egyptian civilisation influences artists around world: Art D’Egypte
Art D’Egypte Founder Nadine Abdel Ghaffar has said that Egypt’s rich 7,000-year history, arts, and ancient civilisation have influenced artists around the world for many years.
Abdel Ghaffar’s remarks came during her participation at Narrative Summit – Reshaping Norms, which was launched by Narrative Summit on its social media platforms. The regularly held event helps to shed light on inspiring stories of Egyptians who come together to share their experiences in various fields, and talk about their innovative ideas and creative visions.
“The hieroglyphic writing is considered art in itself, as it is made of creative inscriptions and drawings,” she asserted.
Organising the fourth Art D’Egypte Exhibition, entitled “Forever is Now”, it is hoped that setting the exhibition at the foot of the Giza Pyramids would convey a message of appreciation and honour from global artists for Ancient Egyptian art.
Over the last four years, Art D’Egypte has used its annual art exhibitions to become a platform supporting art and culture in Egypt. During these events, Art D’Egypte invites foreign artists to showcase their work in Egypt, and exchange views with Egyptian artists, since art can serve as a unifying language.
Under the auspices of Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the “Forever is Now” Exhibition will be held in October 2021.
It is set to become the first art exhibition to take place at the Giza Pyramids Plateau, and will bring together contemporary artists from all over the world. The exhibition will serve as a tribute to the Ancient Egyptian civilisation that has influenced many artists of different nationalities.
The exhibition also presents a message of hope to humanity during this difficult period, particularly due to the significant repercussions of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said, “The Pyramids and the Sphinx have withstood world wars and global events that unfolded near them, but they continue to amaze us after thousands of years.”
He added, “This sends a message that Egypt offers humanity a new hope every day, and that all of this will pass.”
Abdel Ghaffar said that the digital transformation pursued by the Egyptian government has contributed substantially and fundamentally to the changes in how the world works. During the coronavirus crisis, Art D’Egypte activities continued online through the launch of the first Egyptian online platform for art and culture.
The platform showcases all of the exhibitions’ artwork online to be easily accessible by everyone around the world.
Art D’Egypte also launched a digital series of exclusive lectures and talks by professors, artists, and intellectuals from all over the world, through the exhibition’s YouTube channel. The move ensured it became the first cultural broadcast in Egypt, and one of few in the Middle East region, under the title “Cultural Dialogues”.
Abdel Ghaffar added, “We aim to share the knowledge and the information we have harvested over the years with all spectrums of society.”
She also said that the platform wishes to educate and inspire young people, and help spread arts and culture in Egypt.