zaterdag 29 november 2014

An Egyptian artist without borders

If you have been to Artellewa, you know it is an interesting independent art space and cultural centre in the Ard El Lewa area. It is small but welcoming, and has a deep connection with the residents of the neighbourhood it is located in.
Now the thing about interesting places is that they attract interesting people. One of them is Ibrahim Ahmed, a mixed media artist who flew in from the United States and was a resident artist at Artellewa in May and July 2014.
Ahmed is what they call a third culture kid. His roots lie in Egypt, but he was born in Kuwait, and raised in the Kingdom of Bahrain before immigrating to Freehold, New Jersey. He doesn’t regret it: “The beautiful thing about being displaced, is that I’m constantly observing. It’s the perfect experience to be an artist. I’m not tied to anything. I’m in between the cracks.”
Although officially educated to be a writer, his passion for art was stimulated at home through his older brother, who studied art at Mason Gross School of the Arts.
“That’s how I sort of learned painting. By observing my brother, although he didn’t like me watching, so I had to hide while watching,” the artist reminisces.
He developed his art through trial and error, and, most importantly, by engaging with other artists and reading. You could say his mind works like a sponge, which after absorbing spits out a lot of information. Then, on wood, it is time to execute the work. read more: dailynewsegypt

vrijdag 28 november 2014

Fransen geven gestolen kunst terug aan Egypte


Frankrijk heeft zo'n 250 archeologische objecten teruggegeven aan Egypte. De kunst werd vier jaar geleden door de douane onderschept op de luchthaven van Parijs. Smokkelaars hadden geprobeerd de spullen het land in te krijgen.
Het gaat om onder meer amuletten, ringen, grafbeelden en aardewerken potten van de Egyptische, Romeinse en Byzantijnse beschavingen. De objecten variëren in leeftijd van 4000 tot 1400 jaar oud. Door experts van het Louvre is de authenticiteit van de stukken vastgesteld.
De Fransen droegen de smokkelwaar over aan het eind van het bezoek van de Egyptische president Sisi aan Parijs. nos/artikel/

woensdag 26 november 2014

Everyday Egypt, het leven zoals het is

Tweeëntwintig fotografen in Egypte hebben zich, onder de vleugels van Tinne Van Loon, verenigd in het project Everyday Egypt. De fotografen doen een poging om het dagdagelijkse leven in Egypte online te tonen aan al wie geïnteresseerd is. MO.be presenteert een selectie beelden van de hand van Van Loon.
 
Everyday Egypt kadert binnen The Everyday Projects die de laatste jaren online furore maken. Het concept is ontstaan als resultaat van een samenwerking tussen Peter DiCampo, Austin Merrill, en Grant Slater.
In 2012 begon alles met Everyday Africa. Het idee verspreidde zich erg snel en fotografen overal ter wereld begonnen online beelden uit het dagdagelijkse leven in hun hoekje van de wereld te delen.
Dit jaar kwamen elf verschillende Everyday-accounts op Instagram samen om The Everyday Projects op te richten.
Het werk van de fotografen achter Everyday Egypt kan je volgen op Instagram, Twitter en Facebook. Hier ziet u een selectie beelden gemaakt door Tinne Van Loon, één van de fotografen achter Everyday Egypt. everyday-egypt

dinsdag 14 oktober 2014

Since March, aromas of apple-flavored shisha and freshly brewed coffee have been pulling in passionate patrons into a cozy cafe called Kafein, nestled on Sherif Basha Street.
What started as a mere opportunity to bring in high-quality, affordable coffee has now become not only a staple of the Downtown cafe scene, but a cultural sensation.
Even on the surface, Kafein stands out from other cafes. Upon entering, customers can see the variety of equipment, appliances and teas in their fully operational kitchen. The workers are professional, attentive and most importantly, at Kafein, the barristas know how to make real coffee, not just the powdered mix you will find at countless ‘fancy’ cafes in Heliopolis and Zamalek. Not only rarely downtown, but also rarely in Cairo, can one find such high quality coffee at such low a price.
“This is the idea,” explains Kafein co-owner Nadia Dropkin. “We want to be very serious about the drinks for not-so serious people.”
Among the familiar brews of coffee, such as americano, espresso, latte and cappuccino, Kafein also offers iced coffees, both classic, which is an espresso poured over ice, and the much rarer New York cold brew, which is exactly as it sounds: coffee slowly brewed without hot water to avoid bitter flavor. Patrons can also opt for affogato (scoop of ice cream with espresso) or bombón (condensed milk with a double shot of espresso). Read all: egyptindependent/kafein-raises-cairo-coffee

vrijdag 10 oktober 2014

Donkey Sanctuary

Sinds 2002 werken we samen met The Society for the Protection and Welfare of Donkeys and Mules in Egypte (SPWDME).
Ezels en muildieren vormen een groot deel van de totale dierenbevolking in Egypte. Het zijn er inmiddels meer dan 3.000.000! Ze worden voor alledaagse taken gebruikt zoals als het vervoeren van goederen en personen. Er zijn ook honderden stookovens in het gebied waar we werken en elke stookoven heeft wel tussen de 10 en 15 ezels die daar aan het werken zijn.
Onze basis is in Faisal, Giza, 20 km. zuidwest van Caïro. Van hieruit werken wij met onze mobiele units en educatieve eenheden in de steden en dorpjes van Giza an Kalubia, Kenana-Toukh, Kaha, El Desemy, El Saf, Nazlet El Saman, Aouseem, Warden, Abo Ghaleb, Sakara en El Kebabat.
De meeste ezels lijden aan open wonden, veroorzaakt door de tuigen. Voetproblemen en ooginfecties komen ook vaak voor We zien helaas ook dat de ezels vaak geslagen worden door hun eigenaars. Ons team bezoekt 11 dorpjes en de stookovens geregeld om ze gratis veterinaire hulp aan te bieden en om de werkcondities te verbeteren. donkeysanctuary.nl//

maandag 10 februari 2014

El-Moez Street

El-Moez Street is home to vendors of anything and everything colourful, blinking and shiny(Photo by Bishoy Beshara) The Ministry of Antiquities, the governorate of Cairo and the Ministry of Interior have begun implementing a project involving the closing off of Gamaliya Street in the historic Old Cairo and converting it into an open-air museum for pedestrians, similarly to the famous Al-Moez Street, said Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim. The minister confirmed that the plan has been approved by the cabinet. Ibrahim clarified that the project to convert the street into a pedestrian-only zone and museum comes under the bigger goal of renovating historic Cairo with a cost of up to EGP 56m, which includes renovating facades and floors on the street from Bab Al-Nasr to Mashhad Al-Husseiny as well as the area from the intersection of Ghouri Mosque and Al-Azhar Street to Bab Zuweila. Project Manager Mohamed Abdel Aziz said that the ministry has signed a contract with a company hired to fix and operate electronic gates on Moez Street, paving the way for a new project on Sunday to raise the general standards of the street with a cost of EGP 2.3m, funded by the Ministry of Tourism. Before the January 2011 Revolution, the street was off-limits to automobiles. After the revolution, the law had been ignored in the aftermath of the chaos. Reverting the street to a pedestrian-only zone will be achieved through the cooperation of the Ministry of Interior, represented by the tourism police, the Gamaliya Police Station, the Cairo Security Directorate and the Cairo governorate. Abdel Aziz added that all regular operations, including fixing granite floors and painting facades and woodwork for shops, of the first phase have been concluded, and that all operations will be completed by February. The aim of the project is that the street be presented free of vandalism, which had appeared after the 2011 revolution. dailynewsegypt

El-Moez Street is home to vendors of anything and everything colourful, blinking and shiny(Photo by Bishoy Beshara)