The Egyptian Surrealists in Global Perspective

An international conference

26 nov 2015
28 nov 2015

In collaboration with the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University, the Visual Cultures Program at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and Sharjah Art Foundation is organizing an international conference on the history of the Egyptian Surrealist group.

For updates please check the official website of the Sharjah Art Foundation at:

Georges Henein - Photography by Boula Henein. Boula Henein

Focusing on the history and the evolution of the Egyptian Surrealist group and their relationship with their western and international counterparts, this project will document one of the most interesting chapters of modernism in the late 1930s up to the early 1960s, highlighting the multifaceted aspects of modernity and its global interconnectedness in the 20th century.

The conference will be followed by a travelling exhibition entitled When Arts Become Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938-1965) to be inaugurated at Sharjah Art Foundation in 2017 in Sharjah, UAE, followed by an exhibition in Cairo, Egypt.

A two-volume publication will follow the conference with the first to accompany the exhibition and the second to serve as the catalogue of the proposed exhibition.

The Conference and Curatorial Team include:
Hoor Al Qasimi (Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE) Salah M. Hassan (Cornell University, USA) Bahia Shehab (American University in Cairo, Egypt) Ehab Ellabban (Ofok Gallery, Cairo, Egypt) Nagla Samir (American University in Cairo, Egypt) Lydie Diakhate (Paris, France)