Akhmim, Egypt: 4000 Years of Textile Art

Through October 16, MUMAQ takes you on a voyage to Egypt. The city of Akhmîm, famed for millennia for its artistic embroidery, is now home to a community organization of more than two hundred women who perpetuate a tradition long reserved for men.

This exhibition is the culmination of a project born from a desire to financially and creatively emancipate women in Upper Egypt. The city of Akhmîm – home to this project – has deep roots in antiquity and has endured as a major centre of textile art in the region.

Dive into the heart of this temporary exhibition with a series of conferences by both curators and special guests:

September 4th, 2:00pm: Along the Nile, presented by co-curator André Azzam. Discover the genesis of the Akhmîm community center project. Free conference.

October 1st, 2:00pm: Akhmîm : A Human Adventure. Much more than an artistic enterprise, the production of embroideries contributes to the social, cultural and economic development of the women of Akhmim. In the company of André Azzam and Siham Wasfi, come and discover the multiple facets of a unique creative project. Free conference.

October 2, 2:00pm: Naive Art in the Embroideries of Akhmîm. This event will be an opportunity to learn about naive art while benefiting from the experiences and reflections of an emeritus specialist. Michel Forest is a museologist and director of the Musée international d’Art naïf de Magog. He has been studying this type of art for over 30 years. Free conference.

For ticket prices and opening hours visit: www.mumaq.com

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