Monday,16 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1144, 18 - 24 April 2013
Monday,16 July, 2018
Issue 1144, 18 - 24 April 2013

Ahram Weekly


"Bread and Water" is a unique exhibition of  30 oil paintings and drawings by opthalmologist Farid Fadel, currently on display at the Cala Art Gallery. In this new collection of paintings, Fadel shares with his audience his ongoing search for beauty in the simple things of life: air, bread and water. Landscapes of rural life in Egypt feature the Nile and the rich soil flanking its riverbanks. Fadel believes that for our country to take off after the revolution, it needs to produce its own wheat. A whole section of the exhibition traces the process of bread making from sowing the seeds to tasting hot bread fresh from the oven. The original title of this exhibition was supposed to be "The Nile", since Fadel had decided to take up the river as his main theme and paint its multitude of aspects. "All this changed when I experienced the excitement of watching and smelling fresh bread come out of a hot mud-oven near Shabramant in Giza," he said. Though many paintings feature the Nile and its branches, a whole section is dedicated to the seashore and salt water fishing in Alexandria and elsewhere.

According to Fadel, "The exhibition is a wake-up call, it's high time for Egypt to wake up from its political and moral coma and realise that its real battle is one of survival; to provide the basic needs of every man, woman and child..."  

The exhibition will continue through 22 April.


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