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2016 CARAVAN Exhibition of Art

A peacebuilding contemporary art installation featuring 40 premier and emerging Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Western artists using the world’s most ancient symbol of harmony, the Egyptian Ankh (Key of Life), as a message of hope for a harmonious, peaceful and tolerant world. 


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)



CARAVAN, which originated out of Cairo, Egypt, is an international peacebuilding arts NGO that focuses on building bridges through the arts between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. CARAVAN’s experience has shown that the arts can serve as one of the most effective mediums to enhance understanding, bring about respect, enable sharing, and deepen friendship between those of different faiths and cultures. Past exhibitions include AMEN: A Prayer for the World which was on display in Cairo, Washington DC’s National Cathedral and New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2014 and in 2013, In Peace and with Compassion, featured 50 life-size painted fiberglass donkeys on display in Cairo and at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

About the artists 

The 40 Egyptian, Arab and Western participating artists include women and men, and a diverse range, from renowned contemporary artists to emerging younger artists, employing different mediums, and coming from the different monotheistic faith backgrounds.

THE KEY features Ahmed Abd El Fattah Ahmed Albahrani
Ahmed El Shaer Ahmed Saber
Amal Nasr Anat Ratzabi
Arabella Dorman Atef Ahmed
Elisabeth Bolza Enas Abdel Monaem
Esmat Dawestashy Farouk Hosny
Farouk Wahba Fatma Abd El Rahman
Guirguis Bekhit Hazem El Mestikawy
Isaac Daniel Lina Alattar
Maher Guirguis Mahfouz Bestowrous
Mahmood Shubbar Marjorie Guyon
Moataz El Safty Mohamed Banawy
Mohamed Negm Noha Deyab
Noura Slim Omar Toussoun
Osama Mamdouh Peter W. Gray
Raham Mahmoud Reda Abdel Rahman
Salah El Mur Salah Hammad
Sally El Zeiny Sergio Gomez
Serwan Baran Sherine Osseiran
Suzan Shoukry Yasmine El Khateib

The Key--Poster-Cairo-Final

Sergio Gomez is a Chicago-based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He is owner and Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, founder of and Amplified Art Network, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing & Advertising, Contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, and curator and producer of the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial. In 2014, Sergio co-founded the program Art NXT Level to help artists manage thier careers.

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