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The Journey of Modern Art in Egypt

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A talk to explore the rise and evolution of contemporary Egyptian art, with expert Yasmine El Dorghamy and British Museum's Venetia Porter

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For most people, the words ‘Egyptian art’ immediately evoke images of tomb paintings, golden statues, and imposing monuments. For some, they conjure up examples from Coptic or Islamic art. Rarely, however, does mentioning ‘Egyptian art’ inspire any images from the twentieth century.

When the Egyptian School of Fine Arts opened its doors in 1908, enrolment rates were much higher than anticipated. Its graduates, however, as well as other local artists, never had it easy. At home, they lived in a country fraught with political unrest, fighting for its independence, and looking at art almost purely as a means of defining its national identity. Abroad, they were either eclipsed by their distant ancestors or judged by Euro-centric standards and Orientalist stereotypes.

Forging an independent identity for Egyptian modern art has thus remained elusive. Successive generations of artists have taken different paths as they strove to define and redefine themselves and their art over the course of the past 100 years.

In collaboration with The Barakat Trust

About Yasmine El Dorghamy

Yasmine is the founder and editor of Rawi Magazine, an English Language Magazine about Egyptian Heritage. The 8th edition, published in 2016, on Egyptian Modern Art has been widely acclaimed and is considered by many to be a reference on the subject, and has been included in several university curricula. El Dorghamy holds a master’s degree in education policy from Stockholm University, manages a non-profit educational foundation, and teaches visual culture at the American University in Cairo.

About Venetia Porter

Venetia is a curator responsible for the collection of Islamic art, in particular of the Arab World and Turkey as well as developing the collection of the modern and contemporary art of the Middle East.

She gained a degree in Arabic and Persian at the University of Oxford, followed by a M.Phil in Islamic Art, obtaining her Ph.D on 'The history and monuments of the Tahirid dynasty of the Yemen 858-923/1454-1517' from the University of Durham.

About The Barakat Trust

The Barakat Trust is an international non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian and independent charity based in the United Kingdom. The Barakat Trust was founded as a UK charity in 1987 and operates for educational and heritage purposes focusing on the heritage of the Islamic world.

>> Ticket price includes complimentary drink on arrival, access to the Museum and seated place for the talk

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