In a reception party held at the French embassy, Art D’Égypte’s founder Nadine Abdel-Ghaffar has received the title of Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French ambassador to Egypt Stéphane Romatet, on 10 April.
Archaeologist Zahi Hawass and Nadine Abdel-Ghaffar
Abdel-Ghaffar is one of the youngest Egyptian-French women to receive the title, crowning her dedication to contemporary creation and the promotion of Egyptian artists abroad.
(L-r) Dora, Hany Saad and Nadine Abdel-Ghaffar Photo credit of Art D'Egypte
The party was studded by an array of senior state officials, diplomats, prominent figures, and artists, including Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany, world-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, French Ambassador to Egypt Stéphane Romatet, US Ambassador to Egypt Jonathan R. Cohen, sculptors Ahmed Qaraaly and Maged Mekhail, and actress Dora and her husband architect Hany Saad.
Amongst Art D’Égypte’s efforts to spread cultural diplomacy, Abdel-Ghaffar announced that the renowned French artist JR is going to be exhibiting in ‘Forever is Now’.
‘Forever is Now’ is bringing together international and local artists to merge contemporary art with Egyptian history. It is the first exhibition of its kind in 4500 years. It represents a merging of ancient heritage and contemporary art at the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The exhibition involves some of the world’s leading experts and institutions, with centuries-worth of experience and knowledge on Egyptology, the archaeological history of the plateau, and the ancient history of the Great Pyramids of Giza, who have hosted some of the strongest international and regional art exhibitions.
Art D'Égypte is an innovative and forward-thinking platform that acts as a cultural operator that is rooted in advocating for sustainable development in art through cultural preservation and art democratisation.
“By merging the old with the new, they are able to juxtapose our narrative. The world knows Egypt’s artistic and cultural past; however, they are not aware of the present, the contemporary. They aim to educate, to raise awareness, and to bring opportunity to these places by activating spaces and involving the entirety of the surrounding community”, she explained.
Art D’Égypte’s Forever is Now exhibition will also incorporate a community engagement programme that launched in October 2020 at the Giza Plateau. The programme involves the surrounding community in the process of putting together this exhibition and includes free UNESCO-led public lectures to train youth as Art Guides and Heritage Guardians for the duration of the exhibition. The programme is under the auspices of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and under UNESCO patronage.