On Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo is pleased to be the platinum sponsor of Art d’Egypte’s Forever is Now contemporary art exhibition at the Giza Pyramids, and to support the participation and original artworks of contemporary American artists Gisela Colon and Sherin Guirguis.
The U.S. Embassy’s LE 3.5 million investment funded the travel of American curatorial director of the exhibition Simon Watson; the travel of Colon and Guirguis; and the transport and installation of their art works. Colon’s luminous piece, “Eternity Now,” depicts a golden sun setting on Egypt’s iconic Sphinx, and Guirguis’s “Here Have I Returned,” works in harmony with the Queens Pyramids, inspired by musical instruments of ancient Egypt.
At the opening of Forever is Now U.S. Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen noted, “This cultural exchange advances our U.S.-Egyptian strategic partnership by building enduring connections between American and Egyptian artists, promoting tourism to one of Egypt’s most important cultural heritage sites, and shining a spotlight on the vibrant arts community in Egypt and the United States.”
American participation in Forever is Now also included an original piece by Italian-American artist Lorenzo Quinn, as well as presentations by Edgar Arceneaux and other visiting American art experts. Additionally, Harvard Egyptologist, Dr. Peter Manuelian, provided subject matter expertise for Forever is Now.
The U.S. Embassy is committed to its broader work with the Government of Egypt and Egyptian arts and cultural organizations to support cultural connections between the United States and Egypt, cultural heritage conservation, and advancement of the U.S. and Egyptian creative economies.
The United States has invested more than $100 million to date to conserve Egypt’s cultural heritage, including the preservation of the Sphinx on the Giza plateau, a fitting backdrop for the historic Forever is Now exhibit.