The Nile.

I did a painting on a page of an elementary school spelling book that was printed in Cairo in the 1930s. The characters were lithographed. You can still see the ancient ploughs, the immutable and timeless gestures and the infinite patience that have worked these fields since before the time of Memphis and Thebes. I then looked for and found corresponding images in the present day. It is almost the time of the Maghreb (sunset). It is almost that time of day when the “fellahin” (farmers) quit the fields. There is also a white heron, known in Egypt as the “sadiq al fellah“, the farmer’s friend.

Stefano Faravelli

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