Nadine Abdel Ghaffar — the founder of Art D’Égypte — inaugurated the ‘Ma’aradha Exhibition’ on Monday in the presence of Belgium’s Ambassador to Cairo François Cornet d’Elzius to empower Egypt’s contemporary female artists and promote the prominent and impactful role of Egyptian women on various levels.
The exhibition will run till 30 March.
Ma’aradha is being held in celebration of International Women’s Month and to shed light on Egyptian women’s self-expression and leadership capabilities.
“This exhibition provides an opportunity for Egyptian female artists to display their latest works and creative ideas and to emphasise that their creative superpowers will always help them fight for their freedom of expression. We believe that art can serve as a tool for bringing about societal change, keeping in mind that the great influence and importance of the power of creativity has already been proven throughout different ages,” said Abdel Ghaffar.
The exhibition introduced 16 female exhibitors: Aliaa Al-Greidy, Al-Shimaa Darwish, Britt Botros Ghali, Eman Hussien, Fatma Abou-Doma, Hana Afifi, Lina Osama, Marwa Adel, Monelle Janho, Nelly El-Sharkawy, Nevine Hamza, Noha Nagui, Nora Baraka, Reem Osama, Rowan Al-Dib, Weaam Al-Masry.
“The project portrays the self, nature, universe, creator, intertwined relationships, and art works presenting the journey of discovery of the soul to find the path to its safe haven,” Hamza said.
“I’m delighted to be part of this great exhibition and among distinguished female Egyptian artists,” said Al-Masry
Baraka added: “I am presenting a collection of paintings titled ‘Extraordinary Dreams’ through my participation in Ma’aradha, and I didn’t think that I had all this stock of photos and stories that suddenly appeared in my paintings as if I was the only safe path to her presence.”
Meanwhile, Osama expressed her happiness to participate in the exhibition by saying: “The participating artists are among the strongest in the Egyptian art scene, and the diversity between the styles presents a distinguished exhibition.”
Ma’aradha comes as part of Art D’Égypte’s events that focus on spreading awareness about the country’s rich culture and art as well as promoting Egyptian contemporary and modern arts globally. The exhibition is supported by Al-Ismailia for Real Estate Investment, DHL as a logistics partner, Orange, and MO4 as a media partner.