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Mohamed Abla, a globally respected activist for freedom, democracy, and human rights in Egypt, will visit Flagler College on April 14.

March 27, 2014

Internationally renowned Egyptian artist and activist Mohamed Abla will visit Flagler College on April 14. Abla, considered Egypt’s leading contemporary artist, will talk on “The Role of Art in the Egyptian Revolution.”

Abla is the founder and director of the acclaimed Fayoum Art Center, whose Winter Academy brings together artists from around the world to demonstrate the harmonious nature of art in a region of conflict. He is also the founder of the Museum of Caricature in Egypt.

A globally respected activist for freedom, democracy, and human rights in Egypt, Abla played an integral part in the “Egyptian Revolution” and in the ongoing demonstrations since then through his involvement in public art. As a result, Egypt’s interim President and military leadership appointed him to the 50-member Drafting Committee for the new constitution, representing all artists in Egypt.

“When many in our world today, including in my own country, directly or indirectly encourage sectarian tension, it is all the more critical that ‘creative demonstrations of dialogue’ be created.  Egypt, which has had many challenges over the last two and a half years, has learned a lot about how the arts can bring people together, and promote unity and a message of peace, even in the midst of a revolution,” said Abla. “I look forward to being in St. Augustine and sharing with those I meet there what we have learned in Egypt, and what we are continuing to learn about living without division and with respect and love the ‘other.’”

Abla’s lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. on April 14 in the Flagler Room of Ponce Hall, 74 King St., St. Augustine, Fla. Abla’s visit is being co-sponsored by the St. Augustine Initiative for Compassion.

In addition to the lecture, there will be also be an interactive, public art project entitled “Seeing One’s Self in Others,” facilitated by Abla, held in conjunction with the Lincolnville Farmer’s Market at Eddie Vickers Park, 399 S. Riberia St., on April 13 from noon to 2:30 p.m.