Launched in front of the Giza pyramids, a number of contemporary artists from all over the world, including the Russian artist “Alexander Ponomarev”, participated in the first art exhibition that combines the past and the present “Forever is Now”.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO, and organized by Art D’Égypte, Ponomarev participated with a magnificient artwork called “Ouroboros”.
Made of steel, ceramics and glass, “Ouroboros” is a model of two sun boats with an hourglass between them, indicating time. The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The ouroboros entered Western tradition via ancient Egyptian iconography and the Greek magical tradition.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Director of Russian Cultural Center in Egypt Murad Gatin, who expressed his happiness with the Russian participation in such an important exhibition.
Gatin also drew attention to the distinctiveness of the artworks participating in the exhibition, whether from Egypt or international ones, adding that the location of the event, given its historical tint, gave impetus and reawakening to the artwork.
“It is wonderful that the pyramids are the source of inspiration and the basis on which the artists built their artwork,” he said.
On his part, Ponomarev stated that the artwork he is participating with was done in coordination with Egyptologists from the Egyptian and Russian sides, who helped him highlight the spirit of Egyptian civilization, the philosophy of the god Ra and the definition of immortality.
The exhibition was attended by a large number of ministers, artists and celebrities, and covered by various international news agencies, which confirms its significance.
Ponomarev was born in 1957 in 1973 he graduated from the School of Fine Arts Orel (Russia). In 1979, he graduated from the Higher Engineering Marine School in Odessa. While serving in the naval fleets of Russia he carried out a number of artistic projects at sea, as well as in the Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica.
After leaving the navy, he spent more than 30 years carrying out more than 100 exhibitions and artistic projects in Russian and foreign museums, exhibition centers and galleries.
In 2007, he represented the Russian Federation at the 52nd Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venice. In 2009, he implemented a special project, “Subtitsiano (Ascent submarine in the Grand Canal)” at the 53rd Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venice. In 2008 the French government named him an “Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters”.
Contributed by: Taarek Refaat