Commissaire of The Egyptian Pavilion

Artist Ahmed Cheiha

More than 50 years ago, Egypt made its debut at “La Biennale di Venezia” and this year, once again, the land of Pharaohs is back to bring its valuable artistic contribution to the most prestigious contemporary art event of the world.

For the 2019 edition of “La Biennale di Venezia,” the Egyptian pavilion with its scale and prominent positioning in Giardini is a compelling display of soft power, which remains today, as it has for decades, a major instrument that brings people together and creates new artistic as well as linguistic bonds.

Through its pavilion, Egypt was keen to answer to the theme of this year’s exhibition, “May you live in interesting times,” and spread its cultural landscape beyond borders to remind the entire world how ancient Egyptians were living a fascinating era.

For that, the Egyptian team decided to recreate “Khnum” the ancient egyptian god as history teller, who recounts the country’s storied past to visitors, througout innovative hi-tech and modern techniques.

At first, I considered the project as a frightful and risky responsibility, as we were tasked with bringing Egypt’s vast history and rich cultural heritage to the global scene in the limited time and space of an exhibition, but day after day, my fear turned into faith…

Today, after months of hard work, dedication and perseverance, I feel proud to see this pavilion portrays Egypt’s heritage in a way that would make every Egyptian proud.

Last but not least, I can’t fail to thank the artisr and art Director Islam Abdullah as well as Prof. Ahmed Abdel Karim, and the promising youth through the presence of Moataz Abdullah.

These three incredible talents, who despite the difference of generations have managed to make this project a memorable one and turned this art exhibition into a real dream that comes true.

I can assure you that these gifted men have become my road companions and will always be dearly held in my heart and mind.