Homage to the Revolution 2013, on youtube
Presences Festival/ France in Cooperation with Radio France on the 26, January 2013
Memebrs of the ECME. Live recording
Mustafa el Razzaz
Ayman Lotfy is an Egyptian photographer and video artist. He is also Art Director for Alamia Advertising and Middle East Region Director as well as Monitor of Fine Art Photography for the Photography Society of America (PSA). Ayman was born in Cairo, Egypt on the 30th of August 1968. After his graduation from the Faculty of Arts in 1991, he wasted no time and led his own road into artistic career. Having started out as a fashion designer, with his passion for arts and design, he became a professional Art Director in 1996. In 1998, he entered the world of photography with the aim to enhance his work as a designer, and has not abandoned the camera since then, transforming his photography work into Fine Art Photography and later on also including video art and performance to his artistic tools. Ayman’s works have participated in many international exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal, the USA, Nepal, and China. He was recently awarded the Grand Photography Master Award at the Jinan Contemporary International Photography Biennale (China, 2009), the Gold Medal of Excellence in Experimental Photography, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT (Austria, 2010), and the Best Photography Award at the Photo Asia Biennale 2010, and earned the Fine Art Photography Associateship of The Malta Institute of Professional Photography (AMIPP) in 2010.
Khaled Shokry has graduated from the Cairo Conservatory Composing & Conducting Department in 1986-1987. He studied under Gamal Abdel-Rahim and finished his post-graduate study under Awatef Abdul Karim and Ahmed Alsaidi. He started his career in 1992 as a teacher and a renowned keyboard instrumentalist. Beside his work as a music pedagogue and instrumentalist he composed works for chamber music and orchestra, and transcribed many works for chamber works and orchestra peces for the piano. He also works as a composer of filmmusic, writing the soundtracks for films as “I love Cinema”, “Double faces”, “Wahed Sefr”, for which he won the Egyptian Academy Award in 2010. He also composed the music for the short movie “Sabah Elfol” directed by Sheriff El Bendary and for experimental films as “Hada Ilak” by Gehan Elasar and “Rubble Road” directed by Alia Elbialy.
Among the several awards he received are the Egyptian State Award for Artistic Creativity in 1997, the Award for the best Soundtrack at the twelfth National Festival for Egyptian Cinema in 2006 and the Academy Award for the best Soundtrack in 2007 for his music to the movie “Malek We Ketaba”.
Mostafa El Razzaz graduated from the Egyptian Institute of Art Education in 1972 and continued his studies at the University of Oslo and New York, where he earned his Ph.D. In Philosophy.
His diversified career lead him to several positions as a professor of design at the Faculty of Art Education of the Helwan University, head of the Egyptian Society of Folk Art, chief editor of the “Fine Arts” magazine of the Supreme Council of Culture and dean of the Faculty of Specific Education for Arts and Music.
El Razzaz has held a prominent position in the contemporary Egyptian Art Movement since his early creative endeavors in the 1960’s. He is an artist who is equipped with deep and wide ranged culture and knowledge, along with a mastery of intellectual and technical capacity, which is incorporated in his creative artwork throughout diversified media like bronze, cast paper and oil. As for his subject matter, Al Razzaz has always been preoccupied with Egyptian Folk Art.
His works have been exposed in galleries worldwide including the art gallery de Lvov Rotterdam, the Johannes Jalten art gallery Oslo, Attiom art gallery Copenhagen.
His reputation as the most important Egyptian visual artist of his generation was always grounded in his deep-rooted understanding of aesthetics and the history of art, which is best documented through his numerous publications and studies on art, artists, heritage and other cultural issues.