For the second time, Cairopolitan is hosting the Cairo Prints Exhibition this week. In collaboration with Cairo Print Club, Egypt’s first printmaking centre specialised in Risographs and screen printing, the second edition of the event brings together over 150 artists from within Egypt and beyond, presenting a selection of over 500 artworks.
Last year, the event took place in Garden City and featured over 250 artworks from about 50 different established and emerging artists from across the nation. The event aimed to break barriers, exposing various prints to art enthusiasts in Egypt, as well as showcasing local and regional talents.
This year, after last year’s massive success, the event is set to take place in three different venues: Cairopolitan in Garden City, Institut Français d’Égypte au Caire, and IFAO – Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale. Each venue will display prints and artworks from different artists for two weeks, all aimed at celebrating great talents. In addition to hosting well-known artists, Cairopolitain has also put out an Open Call this year, allowing various graphic designers and visual artists to submit their works for display at the exhibition. This led to a massive number of artworks by numerous designers being presented at the exhibition.
Hoping to garner even more attention this year, Cairopolitan plans to display the largest collection of posters to the Egyptian public, hoping to open doors for established and emerging artists to showcase their works. Moreover, in an attempt to support artists, all artworks displayed at the exhibition will be available for purchase by any interested parties.
Cairopolitan’s biggest goal was to provide a physical place where artists who primarily rely on social media to showcase their work can have their art seen and appreciated by many, especially print collectors and enthusiasts.