Don’t miss the Cairo Photo Week in Downtown Cairo

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 9 Mar 2021

Sima exhibition in Cairo Photo Week
Sima exhibition (Cairo Photo Week)

Cairo Opera Complex

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek

Salah Taher gallery

Tel 02 2739 0132/0144

“Towa, The Land of Light” exhibition by Randa Fouad includes oil paintings inspired by her visit to the Holy Valley Towa and Sinai, the Land of Turquoise, famous for its picturesque nature, rich civilization and diversity of religions (13-20 March).  

Music Library (Ziad Bakir) gallery

Wood artworks by Mohamed Ismail (14-20 March). 


Cervantes Institute 

20 Boulos Hanna St, Dokki, Tel 02 3760 1746

Cervantes Institute celebrates International Women’s Day, in cooperation with the Embassy of Argentina, by holding an exhibition of the works of Argentinean writer and painter Silvina Ocamp (1903-1993). The show includes Ocampo’s literary and critical works that are part of the library’s contents, in addition to works submitted by Argentina Embassy in Egypt. The exhibition can be visited from Sunday to Thursday from 1pm to 4pm, while adhering to all health instructions imposed due to the Coronavirus (8-31 March). 



Demi Contemporary Art Gallery

15 Ahmed Sabry off Brazil St, Zamalek

“What If?”, a solo exhibition of sculptures by renowned sculptor Ahmed Askalany (7 March-7 April). 


Downtown Cairo

Photopia, the photographers’ hub, launches the second edition of Cairo Photo Week, an international photography festival, at four different locations in the heart of Cairo’s historic Downtown area: The Factory space, Rawabet space area, Kodak corridor and The Consulate.

Cairo Photo Week is an international artistic and cultural event that seeks to attract and bring together the photography community in Egypt, the Middle East, and Africa through educational lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and various other services. Organizing the festival for the second time is Photopia, a school of photography founded in 2012 to support the rising and professional photography community in Egypt and the region. The notable addition to the upcoming festival is that it will be broadcast online, with participants being able to virtually attend some of the festival’s activities such as discussions and exhibitions, expanding the attendance and attracting new segments from different geographical locations, age groups, and nationalities. The festival will host 2,000 visitors, participants and attendees, in addition to 3,000 virtual participants. This year for the first time, Cairo Photo Week includes, among 11 other exhibitions, a special exhibition of cinematography entitled “Sima” (cinema) showcasing photos by some of the most important cinematographers in Egypt: Mohsen Ahmed, Ahmed El-Morsi, Abdel-Salam Moussa, Sameh Selim, Victor Kredi, Nancy Abdel-Fattah and Islam Abdel-Sami (11-20 March). 




23 B Ismail Mohamed St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 6239/0100 2155702

“Over the Head”, paintings by artist Taha El-Korany 

(closing 11 March). 



Gezira Arts Centre

1 Al-Sheikh Al-Marsafi St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2737 3298/96

Ahmed Sabri Hall

“Pages of Affection”, paintings by Ali Wahba

(closing 11 March). 

Ragheb Ayad Hall

“The Impact”, paintings by Islam Zaki 

(closing 11 March).  



Italian/Egyptian Centre for Restoration and Antiquities (CIERA)

31 Al Suyuffeya St, Al Helmeya, Cairo, visitors are welcomed by appointments so contact the manager Mr. Salah Ramadan 0100 8716067

Architectural complex of the Mevlevi Dervish “Samaa Khana, Restorations and Restorers” permanent exhibition of the activities of the working/formation sites for the restoration and recovery of the monuments. Visitors are welcomed during the opening hours determined by the Ministry of Antiquities.



Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art

10 and 15 Mahmoud Bassiouny St, Downtown, Tel 02 25784494

“The Garden”, exhibits various ways to portray a garden
by the Spanish artist Xavier Puigmartí (closing 24 March).



Picasso East

Villa No 39 Al Narges 35th settlement, 90's St, in front of Lake View Compound, New Cairo, Tel 0122 0000035  

“Foresight”, a group show features 30 artists (closing 18 March). 




6 Brazil St, Zamalek, Tel 012 70169291

Affinity”, paintings by Mohamed Abla (closing 16 March).  




36 Ahmed Oraby St, Mohandeseen, Tel 02 3346 3242

“Art for All”, a group show by the likes of Georges Bahgory, Reda Abdel-Rahman, Djehan Raouf, Hassan Rashed, Salah Taher, Emad Ibrahim, Samir Fouad, Effat Hosny and many more (8-30 March).   



Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC's Tahrir Campus

American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446

Marriott Gallery

“A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean” exhibition is organized by the AUC, in collaboration with the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). The exhibition features artworks by US-based artists of Arab and Iranian heritage in simultaneous exhibitions in Orlando and Cairo 

(2 February- 2 May).

“Robert Colescott - The Cairo Years”, exhibition, curated by Terri Ginsberg, Duncan MacDonald, and Matthew Weseley, showcases 
four paintings made by American modernist Robert Colescott during the two years in which he lived and worked in Cairo as a researcher, artist, and the first visiting professor of Art at AUC. The AUC’s Black History Month 2021 celebrates a selection of his Cairo paintings along with compelling archival documents, images, and records surrounding his work. For more information, visit: (9 February-31 March).



Racotis Art
“Persona” is the name of Racotis Art’s new collection that is showcased in an exceptional online viewing room experience in which the Egyptian character and its influence is examined on the practice of more than 28 Egyptian Artists showcasing more than 90 artworks. 
Persona collection is a curatorial context that is trying to capture the aspect of Egyptian character perceived in art and creations by Egyptian artists. View the exhibition on



20 Hassan Sabry St, (entrance from Ibn Zinki St), Zamalek, Tel 0100 2792223

Ground Floor

Silent Conversations”, bronze, stainless steel, wood and granite sculptures by sculptor Nagi Farid (closing 13 March). 

First Floor
The Survivors”, acrylic on canvas paintings by Mutaz Elemam

(closing 13 March). 



F8, Strip Mall-Sodic, Waslet Dahshour Road, Beverly Hills, Sheikh Zayed, 6th of October, Tel 02 38863961/0111 2304440

“The Other Side”, paintings by Shaaban El-Hoseiny (9-30 March).




Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Archeological Museum

A permanent exhibition on the results of the Archaeological Mission of the University of Turin in Nelson Island.


French Cultural Institute

30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952

“Maalesh” (sorry) photo exhibition by photographer Léon Dubois who follows Jean Cocteau’s journey in the Mediterranean, is organised by the French Institute of Egypt in Alexandria, as part of the second edition of Cairo Photo Week. It offers a photographic interpretation following in Cocteau’s footsteps in search of Mediterranean towns, and atmospheres described 70 years ago. This interpretation combines extracts from “Maalesh” with black and white film photographs of the Mediterranean today (10-20 March).



*A version of this article appears in print in the 11 March, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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