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History & Civilizations

Arabic divas. From Umm Kalthoum to Dalida

90 min visit

Arab World institute
19 May → 26 Sep 2021
From Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Sat & Sun until 7 pm. Closed Mon.

« A unique tribute to the free and visionary women who have forged today's music and cinema! »

Umm Kalthoum, Warda al-Djazaïria, Asmahan, Fayrouz, Laila Mourad, Samia Gamal, Souad Hosni, Sabah or Dalida... All these names may not mean anything to you. Discover these women artists, musicians or actresses who have marked the history of the Arab world in the 20th century! This exhibition takes you on an exciting journey through the lives of each one of them. By retracing their history, the Arab World Institute shows what they have left us and the influence they exert today. The exhibition begins with a presentation of first feminists women in a cosmopolitan Cairo of the 1920s. After that, we discover the divas from 1940 to 1970. The third part focuses on the cinema of "Nilwood" and Egyptian musicals. Finally, the exhibition closes with the legacy that all these women have left through the works of contemporary artists. Among them, the Lebanese photographer and video artist Randa Mirza associated with the hip-hop musician and composer Waël Kodeih, the artists Lamia Ziadé, Shirin Neshat, Youssef Nabil, the photographer Nabil Boutros... So many artists who have reappropriated this little-known yet immensely rich heritage.


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