At a time when stereotypes and media hype are increasing the ever widening divide between the Middle East and West, creating growing misconceptions and apprehensions about each other, THE KEY, a strategic East-West art exhibition, seeks to change perceptions and speak directly to the global unconscious.
THE KEY, the 2016 CARAVAN Exhibition of Art, uses the world’s most ancient symbol of harmony and pluralism, the Egyptian Ankh (known as the “Key of Life”) as the canvas for a contemporary message of hope for a harmonious, peaceful and tolerant world. Organized by CARAVAN, THE KEY showcases the work of 40 premier and emerging Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Western contemporary artists using a modern three-dimensional fiberglass portrayal (1.15 meter in height) of the Ankh, an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic that read “life”. Through the exhibition the participating artists are focusing on engendering harmony and peace among people of different nationalities, cultural heritages and faith backgrounds so that we can all coexist and benefit from our diversity.
As a major humanitarian artistic initiative, THE KEY focuses on uniting people of different backgrounds by highlighting how peaceful coexistence was once possible, and despite current misunderstandings, can be once again. Designed to grab the imagination, the exhibition will inspire its viewers to realize what is possible and how we can all play a part in shaping our world into one where understanding and compassion are valued above all.
Opening in Cairo, Egypt on 15 March 2016 at 7 PM at the Nile Art Gallery (running through 12 April), THE KEY will be subsequently showcased in London, England and New York City, USA during the year. A percentage of all artwork sales during the exhibition’s international tour will go toward supporting an Egyptian charity providing hope and a future to underprivileged children. As in the 2014 and 2015 CARAVAN Exhibitions of Art, THE KEY’s founding sponsor is SODIC, a major real estate firm in Egypt.
THE KEY is co-curated by CARAVAN founder and president, Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, and noted Egyptian artist Dr. Reda Abdel Rahman, who also sculpted the form for the Ankh.
WHERE: Nile Art Gallery, 14 El Montazah St, Zamalek (next to Riverside Hotel), Cairo
WHEN: 15 March 2016 at 7 PM (exhibition runs through 12 April 2016)