For this Authored episode we hear from Mai Eldib, author of Cairo Eternal; the latest addition to Assouline’s Travel Series and its first ever Egyptian destination, as she discusses the journey that she set out to share with readers, across the streets of the city she calls home.
From the rich culture and stunning aesthetics of Egypt’s vibrant capital to the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza and the bustling Khan El Khalili bazaar, her research and urban diary tell the story of a dynamic city, where tradition meets modernity.
Mai Eldib is a cultural strategist and specialist in visual art and culture from the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. Eldib has been working at Sotheby’s since 2008 and has contributed to numerous artist monographs and exhibition catalogs at the auction house and throughout the region. Eldib has supported multiple institutional exhibitions and serves on global and local museum and nonprofit committees that promote Middle Eastern art. For the last decade, Eldib has called Cairo home.
Myrna Ayad is an arts consultant, cultural strategist and editor, who focuses on visual art and culture from the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. She established her namesake consultancy in 2018 following her tenure as director of Art Dubai. Myrna has written for The New York Times, CNN Online, The Art Newspaper, Artforum, Artsy, Artnet, Wallpaper* and The National, among others, and contributed to artist monographs and exhibition catalogues.