the organization

Mahatat is a Cairo-based social and cultural enterprise founded in 2011. Through contemporary art practices, Mahatat seeks to transform public spaces, create opportunities for exposure to the arts and offer needs-based learning experiences to artists, practitioners and entrepreneurs.


The exclusivity of the art scene in Egypt marginalizes the majority of the population from being an art audience and centralization of the arts deprives emerging artists outside the capital from exposure and skills development opportunities. Our role is to take art beyond centralized channels and nurture creative expression and production of art as a visible and accessible part of our everyday life.

Mahatat was founded by five individuals in 2011: Astrid Thews, Heba El Cheikh, Mayada Said, Marie Girod and Myriam Makhoul.

13668714_1526168960742492_5872450661006414517_oMahatat’s Mission:

Mahatat works toward the accessibility and the decentralization of contemporary art by developing art in public space and community art projects all over the country

Mahatat’s Vision:

Mahatat envisions a society in which contemporary art is an accessible and visible part in everyday life and in public space.