* Represented by Gypsum Gallery

Born in 1982 in Alexandria, Egypt

Lives and works between Oslo, Norway and Cairo, Egypt.



2014/2017: MFA, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway.

2011/2012: HWP/Home Workspace, Independent Study Program, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon.

1999/2004: BFA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Alexandria University, Egypt.

2006/2012:  Member of Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum/ACAF. (An artists run initiative based in Alexandria, co-founded by Mona Marzouk and Bassam el Baroni, and run collectively).


 Solo Shows:

2018: I want you to know that I am hiding something from you, Helena Anrather Gallery, New York. USA.

2018: A New Commission for an Old State, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

2016: A New commission for an Old State, Edith-Ruth-Haus, Oldenburg, Germany.

2016: Proposal for a Porn Company, Galpão VB | Associação Cultural Videobrasil São Paulo, Brazil.

2014: Painter on a Study Trip, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

2013: It’s Never Too Late to Talk About Love, Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo, Egypt.

2010: When Meanings Face Glossy Surfaces, Curated by Aleya Hamza, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt.

2010: I Never Wanted to Be Alone in a Room, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK.

2008: MKMAEL Stories – An Image Passionate, Makan, Amman, Jordan.

2007: 15 Minutes of Acting as if I’m in my House, Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

2006: 15 Minutes of Acting as if I‘m in my House, Oberwellt, Stuttgart, Germany.

2002: Mashrabia gallery for contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt.


 Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects:


2018:  A group exhibition with work by Dora García, Sharon Hayes, Emily Jacir, Mahmoud Khaled, Carlos Motta, Wu Tsang, and Akram Zaatari, as well as a letter by Quinn Latimer, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherland.  

2017: A GOOD NEIGHBOUR, Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany.

2017: 15th Istanbul Biennale, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset, Istanbul, Turkey. [Catalogue]

2017: 13th Sharjah Biennale, curated by Christine Tohmé, U.A.E. [Catalogue]

2017: Terra Mediterranea - in Action, curated by Yiannis Toumazis, NiMAC Arts Center, Nicosia, Cyprus. 

2016: Terra Mediterranea - in Action, curated by Yiannis Toumazis and Michael Arzt, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany. 

2016: Frieze Live, curated by Fabian Schöneich, Frieze London, UK.

2016: Hips Don't Lie, curated by Charlene Dinhut, Centre Pompidou, Malaga, Spain.

2016: Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.

2016: Syntax and Society, Curated by Nav Haq, Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Dubai, U.A.E. [Catalogue]

2016: Electronic Superhighway, Curated by Omar Kholeif, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK. [Catalogue]

2016: Complicity, curated by Aleya Hamza, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait. 

2015: Art Dubai, UAE.  

2013: 18th Videobrasil Festival for Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil. [Catalogue]

2013: Lofoten International Art Festival, curated by Bassam El Baroni, Lofoten, Norway.

2013: Occupied. ORTung 2012, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria.

2013: Art in Labor, curated by Octavian Esanu AUB Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon. [Catalogue]

2013: Homeworks 6, Shorts #2 - Film Program, curated by Christine Tohmé, Beirut, Lebanon.

2012: 9th Shanghai Biennale, Intercity Pavilions Project, China.

2012: Le Corps Découvert, Institute Du Monde Arab, Paris, France. [Catalogue]

2011: Collected Currents, CULTOG contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France.

2011: Identity Bluffs, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2010: Manifesta 8, European Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by Bassam El Baroni, Murcia, Spain. [Catalogue]

2010: The One and The Multiple, La Capella, Barcelona, Spain. 

2010: Overtime Work, curated by Elmas Deniz, AAS/SM, Izmir, Turkey.

2010: A New Formalism, curated by Hassan Khan-Bidoun magazine, Art Dubai, U.A.E.

2010: Invisible Presence, Samaaa Khana, Cairo, Egypt. 

2009: Indicated By Signs, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany. [Catalogue]

2009: Trapped in Amber, curated by Bassam El Baroni & Helga-Marie Nordby, UKS, Oslo, Norway. [Catalogue]

2008: PhotoCairo 4 - The Long Shortcut, curated by Aleya Hamza & Edit Molnar, Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt. [Catalogue]

2008: Biacs3, CAAC, curated by Peter Weibel, Seville, Spain. [Catalogue]

2008: Tales around the Pavement– chapter two”, curated by Aleya Hamza & Edit Molnar, Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt. 

2007: All Clear, Salzburger Kunstverein, curated by Hemma Schmutz, Salzburg, Austria. [Catalogue]

2007: ?No Condition is Permanent? Amman, Jordan.

2007: Out of Place, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, curated by William Welles, Beirut, Lebanon

2006: 1st Biennial of the Canaries, curated by Antonio Zaya, Canary Islands, Spain. [Catalogue]

2006: Actual Position-2, curated by Helen Hirsch, Kulturzentrum NAIRS, Switzerland.

2006: San Simon re-construction, 5th artistic bridge, Hermitage Park, la source du lion, Casablanca, Morocco.

2006: PRASENTATIONEN DER PROGR_AIR", PROGR-zentrum fur kulturproduktion, Bern, Switzerland.

2005: Actual Position, curated by Helen Hirsch, Townhouse, Cairo, Egypt.

2004: Dar Al Hewar/3, Goethe Institute Cairo/Alexandria, Egypt. (In collaboration with Sylvia Winkler & Stefan Koperl). [Catalogue]

2004: NOUBAR/2 project, Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt. (With Pascal Favre). [Catalogue]

2003: 15th Salon Of Young Artists, Palace Of Arts Gallery, Cairo, Egypt. 

2001: 2nd NITAQ Festival, Cairo Atelier, Cairo, Egypt.



2015: Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, U.S.A.

2012: Delfina Foundation, London, UK.

2012: Casa Tomada, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2012: ORTung symposium, Strobl, Austria.

2010: BALTIC - Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.

2010: Bronx Museum, New York, U.S.A.

2009: Hangar - Visual Arts Production Center, Barcelona, Spain.

2008: Funen Art Academy, Odense, Denmark.

2008: Gasworks residency, London, England.

2006: Sally and Lucas Artists Residency Program, Montalvo Arts Center, California, U.S.A.

2006: F+F School for Art and Media Design, Zurich, Switzerland.

2005: AIWA, International Artists Workshop, Aley, Lebanon. [Catalog]


 Prizes & Grants:

2017: Project grant, Norwegian Arts Council, Norway.

2017: BILDENDE KUNSTNERES HJELPEFOND (BKH) Art Student Stipends award, Norway

2016: Shortlisted for Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Dubai, UAE.

2015: 6 Months production grant, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany

2014: Production grant, YATF.

2012: Videobrasil in context prize.

2010: Production grant, YATF.

2006: Residency grant, Pro Helvetia, (Swiss Arts Council).

2004: Project grant, Pro Helvetia, (Swiss Arts Council).

2003: Honorary Prize for the project, She Likes Cairo, And Cairo..."15th Salon of Young Artists”, Palace of Arts Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.


 Selected Catalogues & Books:

2016: “QUEER” Ed David Getsy, Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art, MIT Press.

2016: “Syntax and Society” Ed Nav Haq, SternbergPress.

2016: “Electronic Superhighway - From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet",  Ed Omar Kholeif, Whitechapel, London. 

2014: “Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practice in the Middle East and North Africa”

Ed Anthony Downey, Book.

2013: “It’s Never Too Late to Talk About Love”, Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo, Egypt.

2011: “When Meanings Face Glossy Surfaces” Ed, Aleya Hamza & Mahmoud Khaled.

2011: “Art & Agenda: Political Art and Activism” Ed, R. Klanten, M. Hübner, A. Bieber, P. Alonzo, G. Jansen, book.


2009: “PhotoCairo 4 - The Long Shortcut”, Ed Aleya Hamza & Edit Molnar, Catalogue.

2009: Trapped in Amber, Ed Bassam El Baroni, Catalogue.

2008: Biacs3, catalog.

2008: Salzburger Kunstverein magazine 12.

2006: 1st Canary Islands Biennale, Catalogue.

2006: The Active Artist, FAHRT publication no 2, Ed Omar Alessandro, Switzerland.

2006: "A: IWA-Artists International Workshop Aley 2005", Catalogue.

2005: "NOUBAR-projects 2004", Ed Stefania Angarano, Catalogue, Mashrabia gallery editions.

2004: "Autoportrait of three artists after talking until dawn". Catalogue.


 Selected Bibliography:

2014: Angela Harutyunyan, ”Forms that Matter: Six Exercises in Art Making”, http://www.jadaliyya.com/

2012: 100 ARTISTS TO WATCH, MODERN PAINTERS, Nov/Dec, page 68.

2010: Folio. Identity Bazaar By Mahmoud Khaled as Told to Hassan Khan, BIDOUN, Issue 20, page 79.

- Susanne Boecker, Biennale: Manifesta 8 - ACAF: OVERSCORE/TACHADURA, KUNSTFORUM, Bd 205 Nov-Dec, page 260-261.

2007: Wolfgang Richter, “Bilder statt Politik”, Drehpunktkultur, Jul 19.

- “Unter der Verfuhrungsschicht”, SVZ Salzburger Volkszeitung, Jul 19.

- Sabine B. Vogel, «Alles klar?» im Kunstverein, Kunstbulletin, Sep.

- Kira Shewfelt, “Public, private and all the spaces in between”, The Daily Star Egypt, Feb 28.

- Nevine Lamei, “Territoires reconquis”, Al Ahram Hebdo, no 650.

- Anjali Gupta, “A Tale of Two Cities…or How I Learned To Love West Nile Virus”, Glasstire, Jan.

2006: Bassam El Baroni,” MKMAEL has just joined the room”, Bidoun, issue 9.

- Alfred Borter, "Zurich als Quelle der Inspiration", Zurcher Unterlander,18. Feb, ++ Mitelland Zeitung, 27. Feb, ++ Zurichsee-Zeitungen, 3.March.

2005: Dina Kabil, "Brassage d'identite", Al Ahram Hebdo, no 584.

- kaelen Wilson-Goldie, "Aiwa! Artists head for higher ground", THE DAILY STAR, no 11,814.

2004: Dina Kabil, "Chambres avec veues", Al Ahram Hebdo, no 526.

- Aida Nasr, "On the Move", Egypt Today, Volume 6, no 10.

2003: Richard Woffenden, "Best of Arts" Cairo Times, volume 7, issue17.

2002: Francesca Sullivan, "Mahmoud Khaled", Egypt's Insight, volume 6, no 10.

- Nevine Lamei, "Changements de Lieu", Al Ahram hebdo,no 422.

- Richard Woffenden, "Landscape with the Difference", Cairo Times, volume 6, issue 29.

2001: Fatma Aly, "Artists in nitaq", Al kahira, no 52.


 Selected Lectures / Talks / Presentations:

2015: “Do you have work tomorrow?”, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, USA.

2015: “The Artist as a Student”, ASHKAL ALWAN, Beirut, Lebanon.

2009: “The camouflaged nature of artworks in virtual and actual spaces”, Artist Talk, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon.

2009: “Mobility and Stability, the dynamics of losing and finding locations in an artist's career”, Cairo Residency Symposium, Rawabet theater, Cairo, Egypt.

2009: “Artist Talk”, PhotoCairo 4, Rawabet theater, Cairo, Egypt.

2008: “Google Me”, Iniva, London, UK.

2008: “Panel Discussion: Artistic Exchange, Can cultural distance and proximity both be advantages in the curatorial process?” The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK.

2006: ”Artist Talk”, American Cultural Center, Alexandria, Egypt.

2006: “The Document as Image and Space”, Montalvo Arts Center, California, U.S.A.

2006: “The Artist and The Image Between The Presentation and Re-Presentation” CIC/Contemporary Image Center, Cairo, Egypt.

2006: “Artist Talk”, F+F School for Media Arts & Design, Zurich, Switzerland.

2005: “Autoportrait of three artists after talking until dawn” INSULARITIES, (curated by Elke Dem Moore), Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany. (In collaboration with Sylvia Winkler & Stefan Koperl).