As the 2016 CARAVAN Exhibition of Art, THE KEY was a major East-West peacebuilding traveling art exhibition/installation that used the globally recognized ancient Egyptian symbol of the Ankh as the canvas for a contemporary message of hope for a harmonious, peaceful and tolerant world.

 

Showcasing the work of 40 premier and emerging Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Western contemporary visual artists, THE KEY focused on a modern three-dimensional fiberglass portrayal (1.20 meter in height) of the ancient 'Key of Life,' the Ankh, the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read 'life', seen as the oldest known symbol of pluralism, tolerance and harmony.  The exhibition addressed,'the key' to the East and West living in a peaceful and harmonious world. This artistic endeavor with the Ankh at its heart was a powerful means to unite people of different religious and cultural backgrounds.

 

THE KEY opened in Cairo, Egypt in March 2016, was showcased in London, England and New York City, USA.  Income from the sales of THE KEY went to an Egyptian charity providing creative learning opportunities for children among the poorest of the poor.  The Founding Sponsor of THE KEY was SODIC, a major real estate company in Egypt.

VENUES

     Nile Art Gallery    

Cairo, Egypt

March 15 - April 12, 2016

St James's Piccadilly

     London, England

June 16 - August 15, 2016

Riverside Church

         New York City, USA

  September 21 - November 6, 2016

The 40 Egyptian, Middle Eastern and Western participating artists included 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

CURATORS
ARTISTS

An author, East-West advocate, social entrepreneur, U.S Episcopal priest, and art curator, Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler has lived and worked extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, relief and development agencies and churches. He has curated exhibitions in places like St. Paul’s Cathedral-London, Egypt’s Museum of Modern Art, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Paul-Gordon Chandler
Reda Abdel Rahman

Dr Reda Abdel Rahman is an Egyptian artist who lives and works in New York. He has enjoyed a prolific international career in the arts.   He is also known for his vision of promoting artists and the Egyptian art scene. Dr Abdel Rahman's works have been widely exhibited around the world and are held in numerous collecitons. He has also received important residencies, such as at Mana Contemporary

CURATORS

AHMED ABDEL FATTAH

AHMED AL BAHRANI

AHMED EL SHAER          

AHMED SABER

AMAL NASR

ANAT RATZABI

ARABELLA DORMAN

ATEF AHMED

ELISABETH BOLZA

ENAS ABDEL MONAEM

ESMAT DAWESTASHY

FAROUK WAHBA

FATMA ABDEL 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 MELIGY

SALAH EL MUR

SALAH HAMMAD

SALLY EL ZEINY

SERGIO GOMEZ

SERWAN BARAN

SHIRINE OSSEIRAN

SUZAN SHOUKRY

YASMINE EL KHATEIB

Exhibition Catalog
ART WORKSHOPS

Participating artist, Shirine Osseiran, held art workshops with the children of  Soho Parish Primary School, London. They explored the themes of The Key exhibition as well as colour, history and symbols. Read more here

Shirine Osseiran
Soho Parish Primary School
Soho Parish Primary School