Participants in Misr International Art a real addition to the art market photo

The Egypt International Art Fair, in its second session, sought to present a vision and panorama of Egyptian art today through the participation of more than 100 artists representing different artistic generations in various artistic fields, which was held from February 27 to March 1.

The exhibition included Arab contributions from some of the symbols of the plastic arts movement in Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, which contributed to creating a state of artistic dialogue between Egyptian and Arab plastic art.

Al-Ahram Gate met with some of the participants in this event to find out the nature of their participation and what they hope for from this event in the future.

Artist and critic Samir Fouad said that he participated in four works, including two diagnostic works, one of which belongs to the “That Chair” group, in which the woman is trying to rise, referring to the struggle of women and trying to get rid of the restrictions that hinder them, and the other two works are silent nature.

Fouad believes that the exhibition is an important event that is close to international standards, whether in terms of organization or selection of galleries and participating works, and he pointed out that this event, like every artistic event, needs to enter into more experiences in order to develop, but in general it is an important experience for the Egyptian art market.

He continued: “I wish there would be a map of the place that would guide us to the location of each participating artist separately, and the exhibition catalog is a good book that contains important material but lacks an introduction that reveals the vision of the event. We need a critic who writes about seeing the event and its purpose, because the exhibits are not for sale only.” , But it has two sides, one of which is commercial and the second is to present a panorama of Egyptian art today.

For his part, the sculptor Dr. Muhammad Radwan said that Art Fair Egypt is an honorable and organized event, and it is necessary for us to have such an event, as it had previously participated in Art Fair Beirut, Dubai and London, and therefore there had to be an artistic event similar to the previous countries, especially that Egypt is a focus Culture and art.

Radwan described the participating and organizing actions as being at the same global level. The second session witnessed an evolution compared to the previous one, and this is normal with accumulation. As for holding a large event under exceptional circumstances, this is a great addition to the artist and the art market.

Radwan indicated that he shared four portraits, three of metal and the fourth of woodgrain.

As for the artist Asma Sami, she participated in the field of photography with works that talked about their content and said: The safety circles are those flimsy circles and what we make for ourselves to remain in the safety circle as much as possible. There are those who told me that ships on anchorage are in safety, but they were not created for that. They require you courage to move between circles and move away from others, but how and all the factors of predation are on their edges, but in the end, as for life or death, it is an ear decision. This decision, as for going out or taking the seat of the spectator, and if watching does not protect against predation, the launch bears the rates of success and sitting is not guaranteed.

Regarding the artist, Sint Daoud, she participated in a group consisting of five parts in the form of circles titled “How do I dance without winds?” In the implementation of the works, the collage material on paper was used. The idea of ​​the work was also borrowed from the collection of Shams al-Din Tabrizi by Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, who says:

“I am the green bough, but how do I dance without wind?”

I am the shadow of that mantle, and without it how do I walk around? ”

On his part, Dr. Hany Faisal, the sculptor, explained that the idea of ​​carrying out his works participating in the exhibition is the result of life observations, as two individuals on top of a donkey in coexistence with this animal, and the works revolve in a comic framework so that they attract the one to work and push him to coexist with him, and two other work are two individuals riding with his duck In flight as if in a dream, it is an act that seems surreal.

The participation also included a statue of a person sitting on a swing in a state of harmony. He looks not like a child, but is happy with the swing. Faisal said that these works belong to an idea he worked on with the title “Me and My Love”, referring to the presence of every individual with the element he loves. There is love mixed with humor. In addition, I did not adhere to classical anatomy in sculpture, but rather sought to break away from the traditional framework of sculpture and to present an anatomy that serves the idea in expression.

Faisal explained that the holding of this exhibition came at an important time, especially with the closure of government halls and in the wake of the Corona pandemic. He pointed out his keenness to exhibit in the public exhibition, where he sought to be present with young artists and monitored through him the state of art in Egypt, but with the cessation of this occurrence and the establishment of art fair, that is a real addition.

He continues: I generally tend to participate in a collective event that includes Arab and Egyptian participations that include various types of arts, which was achieved with this event.
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