On Sunday 30 November, the official ceremony of the 25th Salon of Young Artists took place at the Palace of the Arts at the Cairo Opera House grounds. The ceremony, which was attended by Culture Minister Gaber Asfour, included giving prizes to this year's winners of the works that were on display since the beginning of November.
The silver edition of The Salon of Young Artists exhibition (aka Youth Salon, or Salon El-Shabab) is curated by Khaled Hafez and includes 310 artists (under 35 years of age) displaying over 400 various works in the Palace of the Arts, the Bab Gallery, the Garden of the Palace of the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art and other venues.
This year, the winner of the grand prize of the Salon is still withheld, while the jury, including renowned names such as Mohamed Abla, Adam Henein and headed by Hazem El-Mestekawy, announced the Salon Prizes.
Accordingly, worth LE10,000 (USD1400), the Salon Prize went to Ahmed El-Husseiny for porcelain work, Eweis Abo Zeid for photography, Iman Ali for installation and Ahram Online's culture writer and artist Soha El-Sirgany for video.
The Salon's prize for installation art was split between Mennallah Said, Hadeer Abdel-Hamid, May Abdel-Latif and Zeinab Noureddin. The painting prize went to both Mohamed Mounir and Karim Helmy, Mahmoud Marei and Yasmine El-Meleigy won prizes for installations as well, and Heba Saleh took home the performance art prize.
Two other prizes worth LE5,000 each went to Marianne Fahmy for an installation and Moaweya Salah for sculpture. The prize dedicated to martyred visual artist Ahmed Basiouny went to Samah Hamdy for a video installation, while the prize dedicated to martyred visual artist and Cairo Opera House main designer Ziad Bakir went to Noha Mostafa.
Ahmed Hafez won a scholarship to study at the Egyptian Academy of the Arts in Rome. The corporate Ciramica Royal prize worth LE20,000 was split between Lamees Hagag (painting), Mohamed Allam (video), Mohamed Sabry (painting) and Noha Sultan (painting).
The Youth Salon was launched by the Ministry of Culture in 1989 to support young emerging visual artists. First named the Experimental Salon of Young Artists, the event's name was soon changed to Salon El-Shabab.
The Salon helped kick off the careers of many prominent Egyptian artists, including visual artist Hany Rashed and renowned sculptor Ahmed Askalany.