Farghali Abdel Hafiz : The Egyptian Woman
babelmed - 19/03/2008
The message of this exhibition is not intended to be transferred to the hearts and minds of recipients through either historical or artistic perspectives. It is also not meant to be just a laurel for certain Egyptian women. Rather, the objective is for it to be a representation of the Egyptian Woman, in general. In other word, this exhibition is made of vivid and compact assemblies of sentiments, emotions, facts and spirituals.
This exhibition is dedicated to venerate the status of the Egyptian woman, who enjoyed her freedoms, as well as human, social and economic rights and had equal footings with man. Such rights had never been experienced in any other culture across centuries. And, for such freedoms and rights, the Egyptian woman was envied by her Greek and Roman peers.
In this exhibition, I talked to the first great woman in the history of mankind, Hatshepsut, who is described by the prominent historian David Bediz as: "In all, Hatshepsut accomplished what no woman had before; she ruled the most powerful, advanced civilization in the world". Also, Nefertary told me about her achievements, boosting modernity and progress in the Egyptian society at her time. I talked to Nefertiti, the beauty who is the gatekeeper of faith, the Queen of freedom and supporter of creativity. I came across the history of Cleopatra, who is overwhelmed by the Egyptian culture, belief and spirit. With her elite Egyptian culture, Cleopatra outdid the arrogance of the Roman military. During her reign, Alexandria became the World’s best education and cultural destination, a source of inspiration to philosophers, poets, musicians among others.
The exhibition represents Hoda Shaarawy, a believer in woman’s high status, who reiterates her pro-woman objectives, calling for freedom of the Egyptian woman’s way of thinking, education and representation in society, politics and economy.
The exhibition reserves a prestigious status to the Egyptian nuclear scientist, Samira Moussa, who died because of her devotion and eternal love to her country. The exhibition, then, turns to Om kalthoum, the distinguished Egyptian woman who managed to unite all the Arabs through the unique power of her art and soul. The exhibition takes further turns, heading towards the simple Egyptian woman, in urban, rural or Bedouin communities to express how far roots are deep and how strong wills are to bypass all obstacles, with love and optimism.
This exhibition is a message addressed to the Egyptian woman and future generations to restore the cultural momentum and to be armed with optimism in a future rich with notions of freedom, humanity and spirituality.