Harper's Bazaar (Arabia)
HANDS of HISTORY
The modern world comes face to face with ancient times in Art D’Égypte’s extraordinary exhibition at the Pyramids of Giza
Ameasure which both separates and unites civilisations – this is the power of time. And this was Art D’Égypte’s inspiration behind Forever Is Now, the very first international contemporary art exhibition to be held at the grand Pyramids of Giza. The cross-cultural showcase marks Art D’Égypte’s fourth annual exhibition at a heritage site hosted under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Board, the Governorate of Giza, and the patronage of UNESCO.
Ten international artists have joined hands to contemplate the 4,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site and the surrounding plateau through a modern lens, spotlighting the remarkable treasure as a gift to the whole world. Among these are Saudi’s Prince Sultan bin Fahad who depicts the roots of the relations between Egypt and Arabia, and self-taught painter Moataz Nasr, who, through his work Barzakh (or the ‘divide’), explores a mental construct which is never seen but known and understood.
Lorenzo Quinn’s site-specific masterpiece Together strikes visitors from afar. The Italian sculptor, best known for his expressive recreations of the human hands, portrays how COVID-19 has seemingly frozen time and impacted the ways we connect with each other. Two enormous hands float over the pyramids, reaching out to touch – reigniting a desire for physical closeness, which we’ve all been