Art D’Égypte’s Newly Knighted Founder Announces French artist, JR’s participation in Forever is Now
Al shaimaa fouda
Amongst Art D’Égypte’s efforts to spread cultural diplomacy they’re announcing that JR the renowned French artist is going to be exhibiting in “Forever is Now”, additionally Nadine Abdelghaffar, Art D’Égypte’s founder is being knighted by the French government, Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Nadine Abdelghaffar is the powerhouse behind the cultural platform, Art D’Égypte. She is one the youngest Egyptian-French women to be knighted and received the title of Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, for her dedication to contemporary creation and the promotion of Egyptian artists abroad. The title was given to her by the French government for her undying efforts to stand by arts and culture in Egypt, through the cultural diplomacy. Art D’Égypte is an innovative and forward-thinking platform that acts as a cultural operator that is rooted in advocating for sustainable development in art through cultural preservation and art democratization. By merging the old with the new they are able to juxtapose our narrative. The world knows Egypt’s artistic and cultural past, however they are not aware of the present, the contemporary, they aim to educate, to raise awareness, and to bring opportunity to these places by activating spaces and involving the entirety of the surrounding community.
Art D’Égypte is announcing their first participating artist in the monumental exhibition “Forever is Now” the renowned French artist, JR. He is paying a visit to the exhibition site at the pyramids in April of 2021. “Forever is Now” is bringing together international and local artists to merge contemporary art with Egyptian history. It is the first exhibition of its kind in 4500 year. It represents a merging of ancient heritage and contemporary art at the oldest and last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The exhibition involves some of the world’s leading experts and institutions, with centuries-worth of experience and knowledge on Egyptology, the archaeological history of the plateau, and the ancient history of the Great Pyramids of Giza & have hosted some of the strongest international and regional art exhibitions.
Art D’Égypte’s Forever Is Now also incorporated a Community Engagement Program that launched in October 2020 at the Giza Plateau. The program involves the surrounding community in the process of putting together this exhibition and includes free UNESCO-led public lectures to train youth as Art Guides and Heritage Guardians for the duration of the exhibition. The program is under the auspices of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and under UNESCO patronage.