Reimagined Narratives was the third in a successful series of annual art exhibitions to be held at different heritage sites across Egypt. The exhibition was held under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, brought together a diverse range of 28 contemporary Egyptian artists, who installed a unique collection of their contemporary art works in an experiential exhibition in four main locations along Mu’iz li-Din Allah al-Fatimi Street in the UNESCO world-heritage site, in historic Cairo: Bayt El Suhaymi, Qalawun Complex, Moheb El-Din Hall, & Maq’ad Mamay Al-Sayfi Hall.
Reimagined Narratives: This year’s curatorial statement explored the theme of Reimagined Narratives, and delved into the stories of people, places and things that have coexisted in one street for over 1000 years. The artists were asked to visit the 4 locations at El Mu’iz - Beit El Suhaymi, Sultan Qalawun Complex, Moheb El Din Hall, & Mamay El Sayfi Hall - and to create site-specific works that elevate rather than emulate the narrative of these spaces. Each artist filtered the tales of historical truth, myths, legends, leaders and dynasties, poetry written by Naguib Mahfouz in the coffee shops of Mu’iz and endless layers of narrative in order to produce work that is worthy of living in these spaces and of interacting with the people of this historic place site full of wealth and laced with cultural significance.
“The exhibition aims to promote Egypt’s central role in contemporary art; we are a cultural operator bridging the gap between sustainable development and artistic mobility with the overarching goal of making art accessible for all.” Founder & Curator Nadine Abdel Ghaffar
The 28 Egyptian contemporary exhibiting artists: Ahmed Askalany, Ahmed El Shaer, Ahmed Farid, Ahmed Karaly, Ahmed Keshta, Amir Youssef, Diaa El Din Daoud, Farida El Gazzar, Fathi Hassan, Ghada Amer, Hany Rashed, Heba Y. Amin, Huda Lutfi, Ibrahim Ahmed, Ibrahim El Dessouki, Ibrahim Khatab, Islam Shabana, Karim El Hayawan, Marianne Fahmy, Marwan Elgamal, Medhat Shafik, Moaaz El Dmasy, Mohamed Monaiseer, Mohamed Shoukry, Mohamed Banawy, Sherin Guirguis, Tarek Naga and Yasmine El Meleegy.