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Factory Waste: Creativity Pulsing With Beauty & Contemporary at El Alamein Symposium

Wed 27 Jul 2022 | 08:09 PM
Mohamed Wadie

Consolidating the approach to social sustainability and the environment and in line with Egypt’s preparations to host the COP27 Climate Summit scheduled for next November.

The city of El Alamein witnessed the launch of “Art D’Egypte” for the first edition of the El Alamein Art Festival by unveiling a group of huge installations by local artists. They have displayed a challenge to them: to extract originality from ordinary life, and bring out something wonderful from things usually left unnoticed.

The nine participating artworks, presented by seven artists, were the result of a month-long work hosted by E2 El Alamein. An industrial complex on the North Coast that was made for social and environmental sustainability policies and approaches, where the artists faced a challenge to create artworks using factory waste, an innovation in itself, using art. To combine factory waste with nature and the sea by taking advantage of the cycling concept, on the occasion of the opening, they committed to benefit the surrounding community through art, music and interactive experiences, all in an environmentally friendly framework.

In her speech at the symposium launch ceremony, Nadine Abd El Ghaffar, the festival's organizer, said that the idea of the symposium was based on preserving the environment and climate, especially with the ongoing preparations for Egypt's hosting of the COP 27 Climate Summit in November.

In this context, we decided to support social sustainability and the environment in the field of contemporary art, to support art and the environment, and to show outstanding Egyptian art and creativity.

She added that we have cooperated in this regard with the Industrial Development Group, which aims to achieve a balance between social development and the environment, which contributed to the establishment of many industrial zones in El Alamein, in October, Port Said and many other places, expressing her thanks to E2 El Alamein.

She explained that the participating artists worked for a month to produce their creations with a variety of raw materials from factory waste.

Seven artists presented nine different artworks, expressing their aspiration for a growing role for factories to encourage artists to produce other artworks using various materials from their waste to create environmentally friendly creations.

For their part, the artists participating in the symposium reviewed their various works, welcomed the idea of the symposium, and expressed their aspiration for more cooperation with factory owners to provide the materials needed for their creative formations.

The artist, Tamer Ragab, said that the works were done with great effort and through which we presented our vision of using the elements resulting from the factories.Eachartist expressed his ability to use these materials in his creative formation, an artistic value that reflects his vision.

Artist Tamer Ragab participates in a work entitled After the Machine, which was implemented by recycling plastic pallets and using light to complement the artwork.

For his part, the plastic artist, Omar Toson, said that the idea is very modern, and the remnants of factories for the first time are used in a distinguished manner, opening new work horizons for creative formations that can be placed in fields. We thank the distinguished organisers of the symposium.

The artist Omar Toson participates in two works, one of them entitled Adam and Eve, made of plastic palettes, and the other is about leaves in the form of an open book and reaches a height of four and a half meters. He expressed his happiness to participate in these works from the remnants of factories in the city of El Alamein.

He pointed out that the symposium keeps pace with the state's trend towards the new republic and supports the industrial zone in El Alamein through the artistic and creative movement.

Plastic artist Marwa Magdy confirmed her interest in the art of recycling, explaining that the experience was important to her, adding that I presented work using iron ores and presented a work that symbolises marine organisms that suffer from environmental pollution.

For his part, the plastic artist Ammar Shiha confirmed that the symposium constitutes a wonderful artistic event and expressed his thanks to the companies and factories that supported the artists through the materials with which they formed works of art and creations, explaining the importance of recycling materials as he transforms them from a commercial incision into a beautiful visual incision.

He said that we hope to repeat this symposium, and we look forward to companies' always helping artists to use any material for recycling and save it significantly to create more creations.

For his part, the plastic artist Hossam Zaki expressed his happiness with this symposium, explaining that the idea is new and has many challenges.

Hossam Zaki, a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, is participating in a work entitled "Comfort Zone" made of waste materials from factories, "plastic wires and various lighting poles in their heights," explaining that the work is interactive.

The artist, Mohamed Ziada, thinks that the idea of ​​the symposium is beautiful, as it allows the artist to produce huge works, and it is important for the industrialists to contribute to supporting artworks to continue creating in this aspect.

For his part, Dr Taha Nasr, the director of the symposium, expressed his happiness at the success in realising the idea of ​​the symposium, which is an important and different event, as the idea of ​​recycling contributed to the formation of huge creative formations and the exchange of experiences between the participating artists.

Among the participants was Vivian Al-Batanouni, who expressed her happiness to participate in the symposium through a work entitled Life, in which she used wood in its true colour to reflect nature in its beauty, explaining that she has been carving granite for 22 years, and this is the first time she has worked with wood.

She expressed her happiness with the idea of ​​the symposium by creating innovations from recycling while persifying the materials among iron, wood, and plastic.

She explained that she chose the raw material of wood for its proximity to nature, life, and human values.

For his part, EDG Director Shadi William stressed in his speech before the ceremony the importance of the symposium and gave a presentation on EDG and its role in creating an industrial zone with all facilities and services.

He said that in two years we became the best developers, and our goal is to develop the industry as well, not just the land, and today our interest is growing in recycling and providing a product that benefits the community.

He added: "We have sought to develop El Alamein as well as East Port Said, and we expect by 2025 to have more industrial zones."

As for Reem Mahmoud from the German Agency for International Cooperation, she stressed the importance of this event, which reflects GIZ's cooperation with EDG since 2017 and 2018, and its interest in social sustainability and the environment in industrial areas.

And its elements are management and meeting the needs of investors and manufacturers, as well as environmental principles and integration, as well as the economic factor and the contribution of the industrial zone to the state's economy.

She said that we have drawn up plans for the industrial zones in October, El Alamein and many Egyptian governorates.Weseek to expand our support to manufacturers and investors and hope for more cooperation during the coming period.

For his part, Ahmed Labib, director of the Buffett factory, confirmed the effectiveness of his factory in the production of plastic pallets and his quest to increase their life span and increase the percentage of their ability to be recycled. And he stressed the importance of manufacturers helping suppliers develop their businesses.

As the Assistant Executive Director of Cairo Pack, Yahya Hamad reviewed his activities in the manufacture of tin cans, which are mass-produced products and products that can be recycled in different forms.

For his part, Sameh Rushdi, representative of East Company, said: We are proud of the idea of recycling and using it in environmentally friendly artistic creations.

Mohamed Aboul Gheit, an official at EAST, pointed out that there is great interest in the industry and in paving and paving roads, adding that our sectors are integrated and work in perfect harmony with a focus on recycling.

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