Gamal Meleka raises Egypt’s flag in Plastic Art Festival in Italy
Egyptian artist Gamal Meleka (Right) - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Italian-based Egyptian artist Gamal Meleka waved Egypt’s flag at the end of the International Plastic Art Festival in Forli, Italy after he was awarded the festival’s prize on Tuesday, according to Youm7.

Gamal Meleka represented Egypt in the festival by an invitation from the head of the festival Ido Irani and Samaa Yehia, who received the festival’s honor certificate.

Gamal Meleka is an Egyptian photographer and decorator who lives in Italy. He was born in Minya, Egypt. He has held 25 galleries on his own, 13 of those in Italy. He was awarded 33 prizes, seven of which were golden medals from the Italian President, according to the website of Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

One of the ideas which affected him, according to the website of the Ministry of Culture, was the end of the world, which he called “an intellectual issue that is almost against pleasure in life.”

Meleka said the idea “is a big effort endured by every human in reaching something strange and mysterious that helps humans in controlling the unknown.”

Among the attendees in the festival were Roberto Badzzani, the city’s governor, Adriano Pronoli, the security director, Patrick Leech, the cultural advisor, and Bena Mazzotti, the wife of the late artist Giberto Georgetti.

Many artists who participated in International Sharm El-Sheikh First Biennale also participated in this festival, such as Gabriella Boudin, who was awarded the prize for participators under 30 years old, and Luciano Philippe, who took second.

Additional reporting by Samah Abdel Salam.

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