ASWAN INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM
The Idea of the Symposium
In the middle of the year 1988, the National Centre for Fine Arts carried out a number of studies that introduced new forms of artistic activities to be held locally and internationally. Among these activities was the sculpture symposium. I forwarded an agenda to Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni about holding an International Quadrennial for sculpture in Aswan. The idea received great support on all levels. I asserted in the agenda that opening the door in front of Egyptian and international artists to practice direct sculpture on granite will pave the way for further improvement in the art of sculpture in Egypt. Aswan has been chosen for its architectural and touristic value as it comprises time-honored monuments and statues and is surrounded by mountains of granite from which ancient Egyptians extracted solid rocks to bear witness for their incomparable creativity. On January 17, 1990 the Governor of Aswan was contacted regarding this issue. On May 12,1990, his Excellency showed great enthusiasm about the project and asked for the necessary recommendations and measures to kick-start the symposium. A preliminary committee was formed on April 10,1990 to put the general detailed plan of the project by Dr. Ahmad Nawwar, Samir Gharib the minister art counselor, Adam Hunein the famous sculptor, artist Yosri Hasan, not to mention the report of the British Sculptor Steven Cooks who loved Egypt and was assigned by the British government to make a huge statue to be presented as a gift to the new Opera House. In August 1990, an agenda was presented to the Minister of Culture comprising the following propositions: Read More..