Art exhibition marries Egyptian and Saudi ‘Faces and Places’

Ismat Dawstashi opening his exhibition — ‘Faces and Places’ — which showcases the works of over 60 artists, both Egyptian and Saudi Arabian. (AN photo)
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Updated 09 January 2020

Art exhibition marries Egyptian and Saudi ‘Faces and Places’

  • ‘Faces and Places’ houses the work of over 60 artists, both Egyptian and Saudi Arabian
  • The exhibition is located in the Giza suburb of Cairo, and is the result of a three-week workshop held at the gallery

CAIRO: Dai Gallery is currently hosting “Faces and Places,” a fine arts exhibition, which showcases the works of a number of talented artists from Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The exhibition is located in the Giza suburb of Cairo, and is the result of a three-week workshop held at the gallery.

“Faces and Places” houses the work of over 60 artists, both Egyptian and Saudi Arabian.

It is part of Ismat Dawstashi’s launch of his book “Portrait.” Dawstashi worked as a director for the Ministry of Culture in Egypt, as well as in the museum of Mahmoud Said, one of Egypt’s finest 20th century artists. 

Dawstashi studied at the School of Fine Arts in Alexandria, and his work has been showcased in various locations across the Middle East and in Europe.

Dawstashi gave himself the title “Enlightened Dada,” since his surrealist work took inspiration from the early 20th century art movement. Dawstashi’s “Portrait” tackles the issue of the self-portrait and contains over 150 studies of Dawstashi himself, drawn by other artists.

The exhibition lasts three weeks following opening night on Dec. 28.

Talal Zahid, a major sponsor of Saudi and Egyptian fine arts, said the launching of the book was seen as an opportunity to bring together artists of different backgrounds and cultures to exchange experiences, and strengthen the relationship between both nations.

Zahid explained that when a large number of artists are involved in such a project, a competitive spirit is born which pushes each artist to deliver his or her best work.

The exhibition showcases a merging between two cultures. The Saudi artists were inspired by the environment they lived in, and hence delivered works that married both cultures into one.

Artists who took part in the exhibition include Ebada El-Zohairy, Khaled Ameer, Taher Abdel-Azeem and Yara Hassan.

“The pioneering artist Ismat Dawstashi believed that faces just get more beautiful every time we look at them,” Hisham Kandil, chairman of the board of directors of Arab Atelier of Culture and Arts at Dai Gallery, said.


A hairy situation: Facial hair proves a hot topic as coronavirus worries grow

According to the CDC, beards can interfere with the correct usage of masks and respirators. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 31 March 2020

A hairy situation: Facial hair proves a hot topic as coronavirus worries grow

  • We take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice on mustaches, mutton chops and suave soul patches

DUBAI: With conflicting news reports from media outlets around the world stating that men should — or don’t need to — shave off their prized facial hair in order to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus, we take a look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice on mustaches, mutton chops and suave soul patches.

Earlier this month, the Welsh Ambulance service advised that medical personnel should “reach for the razor (as) facial hair can disrupt the effectiveness of personal protective equipment” in a tweet and the head of France's ER doctors association advised medical staff to shave off their beards for hygiene reasons. However, these measures are mainly aimed at medical staff who rely on masks and respirators, while advice for the general public has not yet touched upon facial hair as a potential danger in the spread of coronavirus.

What’s clear, however, is the fact that beards can interfere with the correct usage of masks and respirators.

Masks and respirators are being utilized all around the world in a bid to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. But according to a recently resurfaced 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) infographic, one’s facial hair can interfere with how effective these filtering items are.

The infographic shows 36 different facial hair styles and provides names for each of them — some of which could be unknown to even the savviest barbers. It also tells you which facial hair styles would and would not work well with a “filtering facepiece respirator” like the P2/N95 respirator, that may protect you against small airborne microbes if worn properly.

While handlebars, lampshades and soul patches are deemed good to go, other facial hair styles, such as mutton chops and a full beard are advised against.

According to the infographic, facial hair can pose a risk to the effectiveness of masks because it may interfere with respirators that rely on a tight facepiece seal to achieve maximum protection.

In short, making sure there’s a good seal between the mask and the wearer’s face is a vital part of respiratory protection, however facial hair can compromise that seal.

The CDC recommends that any facial hair that can fit entirely under a close-fitting respirator should be fine. Where it looks like you might have some problems is if your facial hair is long enough or covers enough of your face that it pushes against the seal of the respirator, thereby allowing airborne particles to leak through.

However, it’s important to note that the CDC only recommends facial masks and facepiece respirators for those who work in the healthcare industry and those who are coming into contact with people who could be potentially infected with the disease, as well as individuals with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.