With the participation of four plastic artists, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, President of the Art de Egypt Foundation, inaugurated the Art by the Sea Symposium at Masyaf Beach, which presents 8 huge and varied sculptural pieces on the seashore, in support of transmitting the culture of plastic art to the ordinary audience anywhere, and since the vast majority are present on the coast; The symposium was held at the Masyaf beach in Ras Al-Hikma; It is a unique celebration of art and nature; This indicates the vital role that plastic art plays in elevating the spirit, through a daily experience, through artworks located in open spaces, making pieces accessible to everyone to enjoy and appreciate.
Four artists, eight sculptures
The four artists presented eight sculptures of different heights: Ahmed Hafez, Mohamed Banawi, Ali Mostafa, and Taha Nasr. They were displayed in the common outdoor spaces on the seashore; Where they will playfully interact with the natural light in Ras El Hekma Compound on the North Coast in Alexandria; The artworks are inspired by the sea and nature, and our memories of the resort; Each piece evokes expressions of pristine nature in a contemporary aesthetic that pleases the eyes, and diverse and different memories for each of us associated with summer, including riding a calf, kite and other things that contain a sweet memory, while cultivating new habits for us, and for future generations, that contemporary art is part of Our life, we must take care of it at all times and in all places.
The organizer of the exhibition, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, confirmed to “My Lady”: “We are always keen in every exhibition or symposium that is held, to present a new and different idea. Art de Egypt has always had a presence in the summer, specifically in the coast, through previous art exhibitions, but this time We were keen to place art in unexpected places and encourage and support local artists to present their work in a new light, in unexpected places, so that this series of artworks allows us to display contemporary Egyptian art in a stunning natural environment, merging art with our Egyptian seascapes. Al-Faridah”, and about the preparation for the exhibition, she indicated: “The preparation lasted for more than 3 months, between the artists’ visit to the place and its inspection. In fact, the place greatly supported the artists to present the works in a manner appropriate to the idea.”
The plastic artist Ahmed Hafez confirmed his happiness to participate in the symposium, saying: “I was pleased to be in the Sahel Exhibition, especially since it allowed me to implement different works in the summer season. Ahmed Hafez, the Alexandrian plastic artist, participated in many group exhibitions, in addition to the Aswan International Symposium for the year 2021, and the Marsa Matrouh Symposium for Sculpture on Scrap Iron for the year 2019. Hafez participated in the symposium with two pieces: “Pure Waves”, which are made of wood and resin, in addition to Another piece called “Sukoon” is made of colored copper and wood. On the other hand, the artist, Mohamed Banawi, expressed his happiness to participate in the symposium with two works: “Safe Zones” and “Extraordinary Friends” as a new experience directly on the sea; Especially as he participated in many exhibitions, biennials and events in Egypt and abroad (Rome – Venice – London – New York – Ravenna – Spain – Saudi Arabia), and received many awards, and participated in the symposium with two huge pieces, namely: “Extraordinary Friends” from Polyester, plexiglass, and the other piece titled: “Safe Zones Between Latitude and Longitude”, made of steel. As for the plastic artist, Ali Mustafa; He said: “I loved the idea that Art de Egypt makes people see art everywhere, even in the Sahel, and I am happy to participate in it.” Which was held in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and participated in a piece of colored iron entitled: “Time in Motion”, which is in the form of 3 bicycles. Finally, the artist, Taha Nasr, confirmed, saying: “My presence in a coastal place blew up a different kind of idea than anywhere else, and I am happy that the presence of artworks will add joy to the place and to the visitors.” Nasr is currently a faculty member in the Sculpture Department at Alexandria University, and participated in Many exhibitions and workshops, which focus in particular on iron artworks, such as: The 24th Aswan International Symposium for Sculpture, and others, this time with three pieces of art: “The Lady” and “The Glory” of colored iron. The third piece is Beach Fun, in polished stainless steel.
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