International Dahab Art Festival

The one-off International Dahab Art Festival under the theme Underwater Artists opened on March 24, 2012 in Dahab, South Sinai. All artworks were either on or submerged in the Read Sea, or exhibited near the water. 

Exhibiting artists: Abd Elwahab Abd Elmohsen (EG), Abeer Mostafa (EG), Ahmed Abd Elkreem (EG), Alexandra Stock (CH/USA), Bernard Garo (CH), Branislava Nikolić (AU), Carole Le Pers (FR), Christopher Kuhl (USA), Craciun Anamaria (RU), Dinesh Revankar (IN), Enas Elsadiek (EG), Fady Aladdin (EG), Farghali Abdel Hafiz (EG), Grégory Chenu (FR), Joke Raes (BL), Maia Stefana (RU), Maison AlSaleh (UAE), Mehreen Hasan (PK), Mohamed Negm (UK), Rasha Amin (EG), Shayma Kamel (EG), Taher Abdelazeem (EG), Ursula Rohde (DE)

The festival was curated by Enas Elsadiek and supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture’s Sector of Fine Arts, as well as Elsahara Art Gallery in Dahab, Dahab Divers Hotel, and the Star of Dahab Hotel. 

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For the festival I used large blocks of ice to make two on-site sculptures, called States of Matter:

The idea of absolute power is an illusion. It may work short-term, but we are all ultimately subject to higher and more universal rules, like the laws of nature. In States of Matter, the natural hydrologic cycle of evaporation-to-condensation-to-precipitation-to-infiltration (gas- solid-liquid) is briefly interrupted by the blocks of ice in the desert, but the structures are left to melt, become part of the natural landscape and eventually flow into the Red Sea.

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