Forever has returned to Egypt and the Pyramids of Giza for a third edition a few weeks back. 14 installations show works with a spectacular backdrop by international artists. The festival remains the only contemporary art exhibition at the surrounding plateau of the 4,500-year-old Pyramids of Giza and Unesco World Heritage site. Curated by contemporary art platform CulturVator – Art D’Égypte, this year’s artist line-up asks to explore the interconnectedness of our past and present by exploring the land, traditions, spirituality, and technology. We have picked four installations to share with you.
RA pays tribute to the sundial, which it is believed was initially invented by the Egyptians. Laminated solar panels in red and yellow hues produce an ever-changing footprint of light as the day progresses while harnessing the sun’s energy to continue to be illuminated after dusk.
The Saudi artist presents The Translucent Pyramid, a creation fashioned from palm fronds using the ancient wicker weaving method. This artwork serves as a contemplation of history, craftsmanship, and sustainability.
The Argentinian artist introduces Mirror Gate, an engaging piece encouraging viewers to gaze upon their reflections in the presence of the pyramids. In doing so, the artwork transforms into a multi-dimensional portal, seamlessly bridging the gap between past and present.
French artist Stephan Breuer unveils “Temple •|•” positioned precisely along the axis of the pyramids. The triangular form serves as a symbolic nod to the mastery of technology in Ancient Egypt, encapsulating a testament to human ingenuity. “Temple •|•” communicates a potent blend of material and spiritual messaging, celebrating every human interacting with it.
Through invisible technology, we can connect to this Icon with our phones and receive a digital token of our presence in return, making the Now, Forever.
Images courtesy Art D’Egypte/Culturvator