While most visual art galleries have suspended their activities during Ramadan, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre is hosting an art exhibition by female artists from Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and Palestine.
Until 17 August, artwork by 15 artists from the Arab world will be showcased at Darb 1718 in Cairo in a collective show entitled 'Khadra.'
Curated by Hend Elkolaly, the exhibition is not feminist in aim; rather, it merely collates the diverse artistic expressions of young women from the region. Tackling political, social, cultural and religious themes in their work, this selection of artists provides a snapshot into the region's budding visual contemporary art scene.
Arab artwork does not often make it to the walls of local galleries, so 'Khadra' is an important initiative, bringing works by emerging regional artists to an Egyptian audience.
Also taking place at Darb 1718 this month is the third edition of the Mawaweel festival, co-organized with the Cairo Jazz Club Agency. The festival offers a selection of music, film, performance and visual arts exhibitions and a weekly bazaar selling handmade and designer items, creating an alternative Ramadan experience for the city.