* Represented by:  Gypsum Gallery

Born in 1982 in Alexandria, Egypt

Lives and works between Alexandria and Trondheim, Norway.

Born in 1982 in Alexandria, Egypt

Lives and works between Alexandria and Trondheim, Norway.


2014: MFA Program, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Trondheim, Norway. (Ongoing)

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

1999/2004: BA, 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)



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]


Solo Shows:

2016: Edith-Ruth-Haus, Oldenburg, Germany. (Upcoming)

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:

2017: Sharjah Biennale, curated by Christine Tohmé, U.A.E.

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. [Catalog]

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

2015: Art Dubai, UAE.  

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

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.

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. [Catalog]

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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. [Catalog]

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). [Catalog]

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

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

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


Prizes & Grants:

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).