Forever is NOW
Art D'Égypte's fourth exhibition, will be occupying the Giza Plateau, October 2021. For the first time in the 4500-year-long history of the pyramids, the first international art exhibition to take place at the Giza Pyramids & the surrounding plateau, under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Patronage of UNESCO.
Art D’Égypte is a privately owned Egyptian multidisciplinary firm founded by Nadine Abdel Ghaffar to support the Egyptian arts and culture scene. It provides art consultancies to institutions, corporations and private collectors as well as curatorial services to public spaces and private entities. The team has a strong background and extensive experience in the Egyptian art market and aims to develop strong local, regional, and international collaborations to enhance and promote the rich Egyptian art scene. Art D’Égypte aims to bridge the gap between Egyptian artists and the world and to support young artists and artists with scarce funds to get their work displayed and published. Cataloguing Egypt’s modern and contemporary art heritage is a further goal of the company through the development of documentaries on modern Egyptian artists.
By raising awareness, the team’s target is to help preserve Egypt’s heritage and advance the international profile of modern and contemporary Egyptian art, presenting a different view of Egypt to the world. Every aspect of Art D’Égypte’s projects is designed with sustainability and community in mind. Free lectures and panels and community engagement programs have helped hundreds of young people from the neighbourhoods surrounding the historic sites acquire a sense of ownership and pride in the initiatives and in their shared heritage, thus promoting site sustainability. This commitment to inclusivity and accessibility aligns with UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and has resulted in Art D’Égypte operating under UNESCO patronage since 2019.
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Art D’Égypte organizes a yearly contemporary Egyptian art exhibition in a historic site for the first time in Egypt to shed the light on the rich cultural heritage and help preserve it, while presenting Egypt’s contemporary creations to the world.
In addition to creating new markets for Egyptian art and highlighting the complexity and richness of the Egyptian cultural landscape, Art D'Egypte also aims to draw attention to rehabilitation of Egyptian historical sites.
The company functions as a social enterprise, collaborating with the private and public sectors to create art scholarships, artists' residency programs, host talks and lectures and similar initiatives.
Nadine A. Ghaffar
Founder and Curator
Nadine Abdel Ghaffaris an Egyptian curator, art consultant, and cultural ambassador. In 2016, she established Art D’Égypte, one of the most sought-after multidisciplinary art consultancies in the region, which has a twofold mission: to advance the international profile of modern and contemporary Egyptian art, and to help preserve and promote Egypt’s rich culture and heritage. She has curated three highly successful exhibitions for Art D'Égypte showcasing the works of over 50 Egyptian artists: Eternal Lightat the Egyptian Museum (2017); Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transformsat the Manial Palace (2018); and Reimagined Narrativesat four sites on al-Mu'izz Street in Historic Cairo (2019). Thanks to her efforts, Art D’Égypte was subsequently invited to participate in Abu Dhabi Art and ArtGenève. In 2019, Art D’Égypte received the patronage of UNESCO for having a vision that aligns with the 2005 convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. In recognition for her work to empower female artists, Nadine was recently invited by UN Women to give a talk at Palais des Nations, Genève about Egyptian women and their impact on art and society. She was also awarded the title Chevalier de l’ordre des arts des lettresin 2021 by the French government and named one of Egypt’s Top 50 Women.
Malak Shenouda joined Art D’Égypte in 2016 and has progressively taken on increasing responsibilities as the company has grown. As Executive Director, she is currently responsible for managing all operational aspects and for conceiving, initiating, and overseeing new projects. She studied visual art and sociology at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and has worked with artists and cultural initiatives in Egypt, London, and Berlin. She has also participated in the organization of festivals such as the Downtown Contemporary Art Festival Cairo (D-Caf) and the Berlin film festivals, Berlinaleand Forum Expanded. In 2018, she was selected as one of the 10 residents of the Roznama Studio Programorganized by Medrar for Contemporary Art and the D-CafVisual Arts Program. Shenouda also has her own multi-disciplinary artistic practice and has been part of several group exhibitions in Egypt. She has recently been selected to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the US Department of State’s flagship professional exchange program.
Hana El Beblawy
Executive Art Director
Hana El Beblawy is a research-based visual artist and curator who studied visual art and architecture at the American University in Cairo (AUC). As Executive Art Director at Art D’Égypte, she is responsible for developing exhibition concepts, choosing venues and artists, and overseeing the execution of each show. To date, she has organized numerous exhibitions under the Art D’Égypte umbrella both in Egypt and abroad. She is currently also managing Cairo International Art District, an art festival launched by Art D’Égypte in 2021. Previously, she was involved in the organization of the annual Downtown Contemporary Art Festival Cairo (D-Caf) and has collaborated with various international artists and curators. Her work was exhibited in the Roznama 5exhibition (2016) organized by Medrar for Contemporary Art, and she has taken part in various other group exhibitions for contemporary art in Egypt.
Hanya Elghamry is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, video, and most recently, augmented reality. As Senior Assistant Curator at Art D’Égypte, she is responsible for exhibition logistics and management including artist liaison and event organization. She assists in the research, development, and curation of exhibitions. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Integrated Marketing Communication from the American University in Cairo and is currently studying for her MA in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Senior Assistant Curator
Nada Hassab is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Cairo. Her art practice is conceptual and research-based in nature, questioning the manifestation of the conscious and the unconscious in technology and art. At Art D’Égypte, she plays a dual role, liaising with sponsors and handling guest relations including all logistics and travel arrangements for exhibition visitors. In her capacity as program manager, she is responsible for managing the art scholarship, podcast, and grants. Hassab has participated in several group exhibitions in Egypt, and she received her BA in Visual Arts and Digital Media from The American University in Cairo.
Program Manager/Guest Relations
Salma Al Khalidi started her career in the creative arts industry in 2016 at Carrie Able Gallery, a multidisciplinary art gallery in New York, and later at Open Gallery in London, specializing in digital art. She received her BA in Interior and Spatial Design at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (UAL), and her MA in History of Art at SOAS, University of London. She also received certifications in Visual Merchandise and Set Design at UAL. She joined Art D’Égypte at the start of 2021.
Salma Al Khalidi
Rawan Abdulhaleemstarted her career in Riyadh in 2015 working on architecture and urban and interior design projects in the UAE, UK, and Egypt. She received her BSc in Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning at Tanta University, Egypt and her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from the Project Management Institute in Pennsylvania, USA. At Art D’Égypte, she is responsible for exhibition design and technical management.
Senior Architect / Project Manager
Mariam El Tagoury
Mariam EL Tagoury is an MBA scholarship student majoring in marketing at École Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées (ESLSCA) and a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Program at the National Training Academy. Her work at Art D’Égypte includes building and maintaining a positive public brand image for the company and handling all PR activities. She has worked with several media and PR entities in Egypt, including POD, Daily News Egypt, and Identity Magazine, and has participated in the organisation of the World Youth Forum in Sharm EL Sheikh. She is also the founder of CairoContra, an online youth magazine.
PR & Communications Director
Alaa Elsayeghstudied Mass Communication at October University for Modern Sciences & Art (MSA). Before joining Art D’Égypte as Social Media Manager, she worked in public relations and communications at EgyptAir and the 40th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival.