'WoMen by the Sea' Arts Festival - EL Gouna
From April 1 till April 30, 2018
Coming out of Cairo, the project From Rags to Riches
(www.projectfrtr.org) makes an important new and
exciting step towards the diffusion in Egypt of the idea
that underlies it: transforming waste into works of art
conceived for public spaces.
With its wide open spaces well outlined, its rhythm
of life that invites calm and contemplation, El Gouna
appears as the ideal destination to host some of
the works realized within the project.
To the artists who contributed to its first phase
were added others, coming from Mashrabia Gallery
of Contemporary Art. Those artists have widened
the concept of "re-use", thus relaunching the practices
of contemporary art, based largely on citations and
manipulations of pre-existing elements, and
reaffirming the nature of art in general, which feeds
on loans from authors and previous eras.
In fact, from the recycling of waste materials or
unusual materials, well exemplified in the cars made
out of colored plastic caps of Hatem Mousa, in the
hieratic characters of palm leaves of Ahmed Askalany
or in the totems of wooden pieces and frames of
Ibrahim El Haddad, we arrive to the re-edition of old
family portraits by Ahmed El Leithy, to the Amazigue
writing by Fadwa Ramadan transformed into the
background of her compositions, or to the conceptual
photomontages of Qarm Qart, where cheese
and light bulbs appear.
Conceived on the invitation of the El Gouna Library,
this exhibition reveals above all the metaphorical
nature of all the places where books are collected,
places where the sum of all human experiences is
found as the result of a continuous re-elaboration
of thoughts, revisiting ideas, reuse of writing techniques.
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"FRTR ONE "
Afrodite El Seesy
Alya El Chiati
Ammar Abu Bakr
Mustafa El Husseiny