Ambassadors of Belarus and the Vatican inaugurate Garagos ceramic exhibition

Reham El-Adawi , Thursday 16 Dec 2021

Ambassador of Belarus in Egypt Sergei L. Terentiev and the Ambassador of the Vatican in Egypt, Archbishop Nicolas Tefenn, inaugurated an exhibition featuring the ceramics of Garagos Village at the hall of the Heart of Jesus Church that is located in Downtown Cairo on 13 December.

Ceramists of Garagos with the guests of the exhibition holding the Life Key and the Egyptian Peasant statue

The exhibition highlighted that the young ceramists of Garagos Village, Qena are keen to preserve the cultural heritage of their village, creating ceramic artworks and carpets that are gaining international interest.

Attending the opening were Belarus Embassy Adviser Marina Sheveliova and Sherif Gad, the president of the Egyptian Association and the Arab Union for Graduates of Soviet and Russian Universities.

The guests toured the exhibition and inspected the unique creations of the ceramists of Garagos, which depict the various aspects of life of the people of Qena through masterpieces of ceramics that express the will of Egyptian farmers to preserve their cultural heritage and the features of their surrounding environment.

The ceramic artworks also reflected the role of women in development and the manifestations of joy, harvest, and the joy of life.

A documentary was shown tracing the beginning of the story of Garagos Village, when late legendary architect Hassan Fathi built the houses of the village and the Ceramic Centre in 1952, so that the fame of the village went beyond borders, and the King of Sweden came to visit it.

Currently, the pioneers of ceramics in the village are Fawaz Sidhom, Izzac Youssef, and Riad Kamel, who continue to teach young people how to preserve the unique cultural heritage of Garagos.

Terentiev praised the beauty of the ceramics, which he described as astonishing, and stressed his desire to return to the exhibition for a personal visit.

Vatican Ambassador Tefenn expressed his happiness at his invitation to open this exhibition that reflects the depth of Egyptian civilisation.

Furthermore, Adviser Sheveliova expressed her admiration for the beauty of ceramic wares and handmade carpets.

Additionally, Gad expressed his keenness to participate every year in the opening of the exhibition to follow up on the new and distinguished works of the artists of Garagos.

The exhibition's media adviser, Sayyed Younis, expressed his happiness for the success of his fellow villagers in presenting the creations of ceramics and carpets in light of the great diplomatic interest in their art and creativity.

At the end of the visit, the artists of Garagos granted the ancient Egyptian Key of Life and the statue of an Egyptian peasant to the ambassadors of Belarus and the Vatican as well as Gad and Sheveliova.  

The exhibition will remain on display until 18 December at the Church of the Heart of Jesus, 3 Abdel-Khalek Tharwat Street, Downtown.

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