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Contemporary art pops up at the Pyramids of Giza

Visitors to Egypt’s Pyramids of Giza can experience the ancient monuments in a fresh light this month with the first-ever public art show at the site in 4,500 years, showcased by Art D’Egypte.

Titled ’Forever is Now’, the showcase juxtaposes 10 contemporary art installations against the pyramids and desert landscape and is curated by Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, who likens the contrast to an exploration of ‘a space-time continuum.’

Moataz Nasr, Barzakh, 2021. Photography courtesy of the artist and Art D’Egypte.

Art D’Egypte is led by an all-female team, and this year’s offering is the fourth annual showcase mounted by the entity.

Pieces include four sculptures by British duo Shuster + Moseley that reflect the dunes and skies of Giza; Moataz Nasr’s architectural longhouse made out of oars; and João Trevisan’s seven-meter-tall Jenga-like sculpture which is made of 74 repurposed railroad ties to echo an obelisk.

João Trevisan, Body That Rises, 2021. Photography: Hesham Al Sayfi, courtesy of the artist and Art D’Egypte.

The Instagram-friendly show runs until 17 November and also features works from International artists Lorenzo Quinn, Alexander Ponomarev, Sherin Guirguis, Gisela Colón, Stephen Cox and Sultan Bin Fahad.

Street artist JR has also been enlisted. His monumental installation Greetings from Giza is a trompe l’oeil of a hand holding a broken fragment of a pyramid’s peak. (JR has also turned the artwork into 4,591 NFTs with hundreds of hidden hieroglyphs – a homage to the number of years the pyramid has been standing.)

JR, Greetings from Giza, 2021. Photography courtesy of the artist and Art D’Egypte.
Shuster + Moseley, (Plan of the Path of Light) In the House of the Hidden Places, 2021. Photography courtesy of the artist and Art D’Egypte.

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