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Abeer Soliman

Abeer Soliman

Abeer Soliman is an Egyptian artist, currently living in Cairo. She had 14 years of professional work experience in both local and multinational companies in Egypt in various fields. She also used to write a weekly column entitled “Diaries of a Single Lady” (Yawmiyat 3aness) in the Arabic newspaper Al-Dostour for their weekly page dedicated to the issues of women in Egypt. She then became editor between 2008-2008. 

For her short story "My Name is Fatemah" discussing religious issues and the status of women in upper Egypt she received an international award for young writers under the auspices of the Anna Lindia Association, the UN and IEMED aimed at fostering dialogue amongst the Euro-Mediterranean countries (July, 2008).

She wrote another book titled "Yawmiyat 3aness" or “Diaries of a Single Lady” which you can find in all Egyptian bookstores (December 2009). In coordination with Djuke Puppinga, Soliman helped in translating the best seller “Wanna be bride” by the young blogger Ghada Abdelal into Dutch (December, 2010)

Soliman’s “Storyteller” promotes writers’ novels and short stories through reviving the art of storytelling. Previous performances include:

− My Name is Fattemah – Badrakhan Bookstore – Shalatine

− Killers By Nature – Diwan Bookstore

− The Movie Maker – Sherouk Bookstore

− 1001 Nights – Diwan / Makan / Darb 1718 / Sahra

− The Man Who Bought The World – Characters of Egypt Festival

− Ferdinand the Bull – With Norwegian Violin Player Christian Stejskal

− Once Upon a Time – Adaptation from 1001 Nights discussing contemporary Arab

− Spring Issues in a Mystical Narrative

− Heidi – Egyptianized version of the famous Swiss story “Heidi” by Peter Stamm, performed to entertain deprived sectors “orphans, special needs, mentally challenged children”

Adan Vallecillo

 

Adan Vallecillo

Born in Danli, Honduras. Vallecillo is a visual artist and independent curator and has a degree in Sociology from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (2009). He studied Art at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (1995) and the School of Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2000). Since 2003 has been conducting a series of multidisciplinary projects that combine art, philosophy and sociology, both with the support of CPTRT (a Honduran Human Rights Organisation working in prisons and neighborhoods).

His artistic career includes dozens of solo and group exhibitions as well as conferences and workshops in Latin America, Caribbean, Europe and the United States. He has curated exhibition for the Biennial of the Caribbean in the Dominican Republic 2003; Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras 2003-2008; Image Art Factory, Belize City, 200;, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, San Jose, Costa Rica 2005 among others.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Images, Politics and Networks

Adham Bakry

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Maspero

 

Adel Abidin

 

Adel Abidin

Born in 1973 in Baghdad, Iraq, Abidin lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. After studying first at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad and then the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, he represented Finland at the 2007 Venice Biennale. He uses humour to tackle such big subjects as fundamentalism, nationalism, and religion. He also takes an ironic look at some of the idiosyncrasies of the country he lives in: Finland. Vacuum is a remarkably simple project: “Somebody must do something for the winter in Finland”. Having suffered enough the Finnish Winter long enough, the artist decided to act. He ventured onto the ice and, using a waterproof vacuum cleaner, started vacuuming the snow, gradually uncovering a small patch of ice underneath. On the ground lies broken safety glass which, when visitors tread on it, makes a noise reminiscent of the creaking sound made when walking in the snow. Recently the artist created abidintravels.com, a website offering stays in Baghdad with sarcastic slogans such as “a holiday to remember”. The project encapsulates his approach to art, which is often subversive and always ironic.

Exhibition in Darb 1718:
Resistance
Hiwar
Traversées / Crossings

Adam El Maghraby

 

Adam El Maghraby

Exhibitions at Darb 1718:
The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Ahmed Bassiony

 

ahmed-bassiouny

Bassiony is an audio visual artist, born in Cairo in 1978. He studied Art at the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan and currently works there as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drawing and Painting. He has a Master's degree in the Philosophy of Art. He also made further studies in Sound Art and Electronics.

He is interested in the search of physical and structural relationships between the audio and visual through their structural systems or their composition. He weaves this relationship within frames of ideological realities. Therefore he combines those relationships in a contemporary context through a group of artistic creative projects such as “Copia, the symmetric system, the verbal is Kohli, Seira, Madina). These projects include video art, performance art, audio visual installations and live audio performances.

His works has been presented in various Egyptian and international festivals: Shape’s light Exhibition, 100 Live Electronic Music Festival 2009, 100 Copies Music Worx Festival 2008,

Biennale Puglia, XIII Biennal of Young Artist from Europe and the Mediterranean 2008, LiteSide Festival 08, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2008.

He has participated and curated numerous interactive and sound art workshops. He won a lot of awards from the youth salon.

Ahmed Ammar

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: 25th of January

Ahmed Nabil

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Second Look / Against the Current

Ahmed Mohsen Mansour

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Text

Ahmed Sabry El Kut

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Ahmed Salah

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Ahmed Soliman

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Text

Ahmed Waheib

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Ahmed Sabry

 

Ahmed Sabry

Born 1982, in Al-Minya-Egypt, Sabry graduated from the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University in 2004, and works as a painter and video artist. 

The mania surrounding popular culture and mass media reaches its peak in Sabry’s artwork which involves rotoscoping techniques, paintings and digital manipulation.

Sabry deconstructs the taboos of sex, politics, power and iconophilia. Using humor, he reproduces moving or still images, to reveal areas of banality or cliché. 

 Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Maspero

Aida Muluneh

 

Aida Muluneh

Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aida Muluneh left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Cyprus,Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. In high school, inspired partly by the distorted media images of the Ethiopian famine, she began taking photographs. After studying film at Howard University in Washington, D.C., she went on to work as a freelance photographer for The Washington Post. Then in 2003, Muluneh was chosen to be part of the groundbreaking show "Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. Later that same year, she made an appearance on "Imágenes Havana”; a group photography exhibition in Havana, Cuba – the same fortuitous encounter that led to "The Unhealing Wound". As with her photographs, she continues to explore her own fascination with "how much cultural retention is possible without, necessarily, cultural interaction”. Muluneh's photographs can be found in the permanent collections of several museums in the United State. She is also the recipient of the European Union prize for her work on Ethiopia in the 7th Biennale Afrique en Creations –Nouvelles Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, in Bamako, Mali.

http://www.destaforafrica.org/about.html

Ali Abdel Mohsen

 

Ali Abdel Mohsen

Ali Abdel Mohsen was born in 1984. He currently works as a reporter for “Egypt Independent”. He curated an exhibition at Darb 1718 in July 2011 entitled “Maspero”.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: 

Maspero (curator)
Visionary Africa – Art at Work

Ali Saad

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Illustrate Yourself

Amado Fadni

 

Amado Fadni

An Egyptian-born Sudanese artist, his childhood was composed of two environments: the streets of Cairo and the Sudanese home.  This relationship, and sometimes tension, between the two environments strongly influenced his view of both cultures.  The need to express this dual perspective led him initially to make art and has informed his work ever since. 

In his own work, he draws on the character of the city for inspiration.  He use motifs and textures found in junk markets, antique shops, modern advertising, and ancient monuments.  His images are rooted in a place but not in time, often incorporating ancient, historical, and modern elements at once.  This juxtaposition, in addition to exploring the diverse composition of the city, often leads to an exploration of confrontation or conflict with the Other.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Illustrate Yourself

Amadou Kane Sy

 

Amadou Kan Sy

Amadou Kan-Sy was born April 1961 in Kaolack, Senegal. He studied law before finally engaging in artistic expression that developed immensely. After a stint at the School of Fine Arts in Dakar, he developed a multi-faceted art project of immense depth . His art work is guided by beauty, rigor and an almost constant quest for purity. Amadou is committed to social causes, and is known for his intellectual actions both in urban and rural areas.

Today, he has become one of the emblematic figures of contemporary art in Senegal, which is not easy for him. Kan-Sy is a dynamic leader of art and culture which provides fertile contributions to writing the history of contemporary art there. His training is ongoing and allows him to travel constantly which in turn provides him with an excellent excuse to strengthen his intellectual capacity, ideology and spiritual maturity. 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The Biennale of Bamako 2009 edition

Amal Kenawy

 

Amal Kenawy

Amal Kenawy 1974-2012, Cairo, Egypt.

Lives and works in Cairo. She studied in the Academy of Arts, Cinema Anstitute
and holds a BA in Painting from the Faculty of Fine arts, Cairo, Egypt. She participated in the 2nd and 3rd Moscow Biennial, Russia (2007 and 2009); the 6th, 7th and 8th DakArt Biennale, Senegal (2004, 2007, 2009); the1st Singapore Biennial, Singapore (2006); the 52nd Venice Biennale, African pavilion, ‘Luanda Pop’, Italy (2007); the 8th Sharja Biennale, United Arab Emirates (2007); the Africa Remix, Dusseldorf, Paris, London, Stockholm, Johannesburg and Tokyo (2004-2007).

Among the International Theatre and Film Festivals she took part in Meetings Points 1, 3 and 5 (2003, 2005, 2008); the Kunsten Festival Des Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2004), the 1st Tirana International Film Festival for Short & Documentary Film, Albania (2003); the 12th National Egyptian Film Festival, Cairo, Egypt (2005) and FIPA, a short film competition, Paris, France (2007).

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: 
Beyond the Desert
Traversées / Crossings

Amanda Kerdahi

Amanda Kerdahi Matt is an Egyptian-American artist born and raised in Houston, Texas. In 2005, she obtained a BFA in Photography and a BS in Psychology from the University of Houston. She uses digital media, installation, and performance in her work. She is currently living in Cairo, Egypt, where she teaches in the High School while working on various projects.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Maspero

Amany Nabel

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Amira Eid

 

Exhibibtions at Darb 1718: Fames, Family

Amira Parrée

 

Amira Parrée

An Egyptian Dutch artist, living in France.

I analyze my own process of living, communication, and creation and use this analysis as a new moment of creation. My work are self-conscious moments of reflection. The form that it takes varies. My work questions mostly identity and social matters, most of which originate from personal experiences. Those experiences play a role in my life and in the shaping my personality. The cultural variety in me, the homelessness feeling created by moving through different cultures forced me create my own world: the achievements and the feeling of something left behind for ever. This is where my work starts reforming and coming into existence. 

My work acknowledges the precedent of certain strains in 1960s. It seems apparently indebted to the tradition of artisanal craftsmanship.

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Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Elections

Amr Okasha

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Illustrate Yourself

Amr Orensa

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Second Look / Against the Current

Amr Assaad

 

Amr Assaad

Assaad is a curator, business consultant, visual artist, art activist, journalist, and the founder & sponsor of several projects in media, business, arts, and activism.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Amr El Kafrawy

 

Amr El Kafrawy

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Amr is a visual artist. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in the Helwan University, and also has a painting major certificate. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions, in Cairo and abroad. Amr has also received some awards for his work, including: “Youth Salon” Drawing Competition (2009), “Critic Comity” (2006) and “Youth Salon” Drawing Competition (2003).

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Split

Amr Fekry

 

Amr Fekry

Amr Fekry is an Egyptian contemporary artist who studied Fine Arts and Film. He uses a vast range of photography and printing techniques. Living on a simple rooftop the way his ancestors lived thousands of years ago, Amr Fekry practises what he preaches, which is a fusion between ancient worlds, mysticism and daily life. He is simultaneously a traditional and non-traditional artist who aspires to connect today’s human race with the beauties he has been able to discover in the ancient world. 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Nun

Andrew Esiebo

 

Andrew Esiebo

Born 1978 in Nigeria and based in Ibadan, Nigeria, Andrew Esiebo uses photography to explore his immediate landscape through themes well loved by the Nigerian people. He began taking photos after receiving his first camera as a gift. Esiebo is a member of Lagos’ photography collective “Black Box”.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The Biennale of Bamako 2009 edition

Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

 

 

 

 

Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

Ann-Sofi Rönnskog is an architect and urbanist from Finland. Her work focuses on the architectural and spatial analysis of the city’s transformational processes. She has participated in a number of pioneering research projects in the field and has developed new modes of representation and analysis of the contemporary inhabited environment, with particular attention to the spatial and architectural configurations of the European metropolitan regions.

She has worked as a scientific assistant at ETH Zürich / Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute with Prof. Jacques Herzog and Prof. Pierre de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland.

Ananias Leki Dago

 

Ananias Leki Dago

He studied at the Institut National Supérieur de l'Action et de l'Animation Culturelle in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In 2000, he initiated and coordinated the Rencontres du Sud (South Encounters), a month dedicated to photography in Abidjan, which was put up again in 2002.

His travels became an essential source of his work. After his studies Ananias Léki Dago traveled to the Caribbean and to the Middle East. He also traveled through parts of Europe and Africa. It was in South Africa that he started his project on Shebeens in the Townships.

In 2009 Léki Dago won the first Prize of PhotoAfrica context in Spain with his work Identité? (Identity?). In 2004 he obtained a distinction from the Critical Photography French Kodak Prize with his work Le train du Négus (The Negus Train) done in Djibouti and Ethiopia in 2001. In 2005 he won a scholarship with the Visa pour la Création (Passport for Creation) programme which was organized by AFAA/Afrique en Créations. The work Shebeen Blues, which is currently on show at the Goethe-Institut, was started in 2006, when he took part in the Bag Factory Residency Programme.

His work is part of several collections in Europe, Africa and the US, among them Galeries Photo- Fnac in France, the Fundacio Villa Casas in Spain, the Foundation Siadika Dokolo in Angola, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA. Today Ananias Léki Dago lives and works in Paris, France.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The Biennale of Bamako 2009 edition

Anne Rochat

 

Anne Rochat

Living and working in Cairo, Duran has developed her career in both the art and design fields having done 20 solo exhibitions of her oil paintings in Europe and the United Sates, including her participation in the Art Expo New York in 2004. She has also created several mural paintings for corporations such as Isbre, New York and the Hotel Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, as well as for private collectors. As a fashion designer she has worked for several national and international companies and has also developed her own lines of accessories.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: End Game – Blue Gold

Ana Seco Duran

 

Ana Seco Duran

She has developed her career in both the art and design fields having done 20 solo exhibitions of her oil paintings in Europe and the United Sates, including her participation on the Art Expo New York in 2004.She has also created several Mural paintings for corporations such as Isbre NY and the Hotel Costa Teguise in Lanzarote, and others for private collectors.- a fashion designer she has worked for several national and international companies and has also developed her own lines of accessories.Lives and works in Cairo
Cover me up – Installation 2010

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Uncovered

Anna Sherbany

 

Anna Sherbany

Anna Sherbany is a London based visual artist and lecturer. She lectures in Europe and the Middle East and her artwork has been exhibited internationally. In her work Sherbany probes and explores themes of memory, migration and (dis)location, through interaction and engagement with her audience.

Using image, film and sound, she produces photographic works and mixed media installations, exploring the relationship between wall/screen, space and audience; seeing the gallery as a formative part of the work and actively engaging the viewer. The installations are about revelation rather than interpretation. 

www.annasherbany.com
Exhibitions at Darb 1718: End Game – Blue Gold

Andriana Meyer & Tomás Ochoa

 

Andriana Meyer

Andriana Meyer & Tomas Ochoa 

Tomás Ochoa (born in Cuenca, Ecuador) studied Language and Literature. He won a scholarship to study Visual Arts at Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México. Andriana Meyer (born in Zurich, Switzerland) studied Visual Arts at Parsons School of Design, New York. They teamed up in 2001 to work on various video installations and currently live and work in Madrid and Zurich.

Their work has been shown at to numerous international events such as the Venice Biennial (Italy), the Singapore Biennial (Singapore), the Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany), Fri-Art – Centre d'Art Contemporain Fribourg (Switzerland), LA Freewaves Biennial Film Festival (USA) and the International Festival of Digital Cinema (Chile). They have been invited to the curated exhibitions at Expanded Box at ARCO and to the travelling exhibition Madrid Mirada, which first opened at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (Spain). In August 2009 their work was on show at the Dojima RIver Biennale "Reflection: The World Through Art”, curated by Fumio Nanjo (Japan). Ochoa won the Marcelino Botín Award in 2004/05 (Spain) as well as the first prize at the National ‘Salón de Octubre’ (Ecuador) in 2000.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: End Game – Blue Gold

Andrew Tshabangu

 

Andrew Tshabangu

Born in 1966 in Soweto, South Africa Tshabangu studied at the Alexandra Community Art Centre and there realised his love for still pictures. Since then, his work has been included in exhibitions all over the globe, including the United Kingdom, United States of America, Germany and Italy. As a photographer, he is renowned for smoky, atmospheric lighting that lends a mystical element to his images.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718:Beyond the Desert

 

Asmaa Elkolali

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718:

Khadra
Text

Atef Ahmed Ibrahim

 

Atef Ahmed Ibrahim

Born in 1969, Atef has a degree in Education and Arts (1995) and a Diploma in Folklore – Arts Academy 1999. He initially started with just painting but now his practice oscillates between painting and photographic in the search for new experimental forms of the surface by testing the material and technique in printing photographs. He also oscillates between abstract and figurative means of depiction.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: 
Split
El Kobz / Bread

Atokena Lakareber Abe

 

Exhibtions at Darb 1718: Beyond the Desert

Ato Malinda

 

Ato Malinda

Ato Malinda was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1981 and grew up in the Netherlands, Kenya and the USA. She studied Art History and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas in Austin. She subsequently moved back to Kenya where she began her professional practice as a painter and now works in the mediums of performance, drawing, painting, installation and video, and also as a free-lance curator.

Ayman El Semary

 

Ayman El Semary

Born in 1965 and raised in the Egyptian countryside where he is currently living., Al Semary had always been a passionate about nature. The rich greenery of the Egyptian environment inspired him since his early days. Al Semary studied at the Art's Education College; he then joined the staff of the Art’s Education College, teaching Art to younger generations. He got his Masters in Reformulation of Artwork, and got his PHD in 2001 in the primary dimensions in Postmodern Arts.

In 2002 his art was featured at the contemporary Egyptian art exhibition, China. In 2000 he represented Egypt at the Croatia Biennale. El Semary has also represented Egypt at the Alexandria International Biennial, Fine Arts Museum, Alexandria, in 2001.

In 2004 he participated in the workshop ''Contemporary Egyptian Art'', Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He participated in the contemporary Egyptian Art Exhibition in Prague. In 2006 he participated in the contemporary Egyptian Art Exhibition, Abu Dhabi as well as in the Contemporary Egyptian Art Exhibition, Algeria. Al Semary was also nominated to represent Egypt at the Venice International Biennale.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: El Kobz / Bread

Azza Tawfik

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Second Look / Against the Current 

Basem Samir

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Text

Beatrice Hany Abdel Nour

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Parallel Visions

Berry Bickle

 

Berry Bickle

Bickle, born in Zimbabwe 1959, was educated at the Durban Institute of Technology and Rhodes University in South Africa. She works between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, addressing the region's long history of colonialism that has been, in part, documented, regulated and perpetuated through the written word of the colonizers. She is most fascinated by the fragments of history that remain from both official scripts as well as personal, everyday notes such as cookbooks, scrapbooks and almanacs of the generations of Africans living under colonial rule.

Her works range from delicate, mixed-media pieces that refocus our attention on snippets of script (often reproduced on what look like old parchments) to playful ceramic works upon which a loose cursive script is written onto large-scale installations of mixed media, layered with fragmented stories, poems, testimonials, diary excerpts and edicts to video projections and photography. Indeed, her artwork is an "archaeology" of the present, incorporating everyday material into a spectacular tableaux. A versatile artist, Bickle asks her viewers to question the potency, the prevalence and the differences between senses of memory and history, both personal and collective. 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The Biennale of Bamako 2009 edition

Bili Bidjocka

 

Bili Bidjocka

Bili Bidjocka, was born in Douala, Cameroon, and now works in Paris, Brussels and New York. He is widely exhibited, making his work on the road, turning the debris of urban living and its excesses into art. He participated in the Venice Biennale where he was the author of the ongoing project “L'ecriture infinie". His work deals with issues of nationality, indeterminacy and identity, always informed by religious practices and rites from his birthplace. Some objects and ideas are collected on the streets to make a tribute to the hypocritical veneer over our indebtedness to the personal services industry, while on the other hand, investigating the underscoring insidiousness of the language of the industry. His installation pieces are meant to be metaphors for loss, absence, ravishment and renewal. Quoting Okwui Enwezor, who selected him in the past Biennale of Johannesburg "They are reminders of the silence, the only left-over after the aggressive cleansing of the memories of migrants. On one side there are metaphors of loss and absence, filled with emptiness. On the other side are traces of ecstasy en longing.”

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Beyond the Desert

Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen

 

Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen

Bjørn-Kowalski Hansen may be best known for the project Håkki™ that made the cover of Contemporary Magazine in 2006, where the boundaries between economy, corporate ideas, utopia, society and art are expanded and explored. His works reflects his interests in consumer habits, behavioural economics and marketing strategies in the most ingenious ways – always in striking packages. Hansen is also represented Norway in the Nordic Pavilion in Dak'Art Biennial, Senegal in 2012.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Fames, Family

Bouchra Khalili

 

Bouchra Khalili

Paris-based Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili was born in 1975, in Casablanca, Morocco.

Raised between Paris and Casablanca, she later studied Cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, and Visual Arts at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts, Paris-Cergy.

Khalili’s work in video, mixed media installations, and prints, combines a conceptual approach with a documentary practice to explore issues of nomadism, clandestine existences, and the “émigré experience”, with a specific regard toward the destiny of migrants, in that they concretely epitomize subjects that are fundamentally governed by itinerancy. 

In her work, she articulates language, subjectivity, minority discourse and speech, transitional territories and transit zones, investigating the interrelation between contemporary migrations and colonial history, physical and imaginary geography. Inspired by Edward Said, Khalili’s methodology and work articulates the blurring of various art practices with minority issues, because as Said reminds us in :Reflections on exile”: ”exile, immigration and the crossing of boundaries are experiences that can provide us with new narrative forms … and other ways of telling".

Her work has been shown at numerous international exhibitions, biennials, and festivals, including the New York Video Festival (Lincoln Center), the CCCB and Caixa Forum of Art (Barcelona), the MACRO and Villa Médicis (Rome), the Biennale of The Moving Image (Geneva), La Force de l’Art (Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais, Paris). In 2006, several programs focused on her work were curated, especially in Brazil. Bouchra Khalili is also a contributor to film magazines and catalogues, and the co-programmer of the Cinémathèque de Tanger.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The Biennale of Bamako 2009 edition

Carla Herrera-Prats

 

Carla Herrera-Prats

She was co-director of the gallery Acceso A in Mexico City and is currently part of the collaborative CAMEL. Herrera-Prats has shown her individual work in Canada, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States, in venues such as Centro de la Imagen, Museo Dolores Olmedo, Centre Vu, Artists Space, and The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, among others. From the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes she received the “Jóvenes Creadores” scholarship and support for studies abroad.

She has also been recipient of the Interdisciplinary Grant from CalArts, the Van Lier Foundation Fellowship, the Jumex Collection Support, and the LEF Foundation pre-production grant. Herrera-Prats was recently a Visiting Lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and taught at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She is currently teaching at CalArts, Valencia, California.

Carla Herrera-Prats received her BFA at “La Esmeralda,” in Mexico City, and her MFA in Photography at CalArts, Los Angeles. She has been a participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Citizen, Participant

Carl Michael von Hausswolff

 

Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Born 1956 in Linköping is a composer, visual artist and curator based in Stockholm, Sweden. His main tools are recording devices (camera, tape deck, radar, sonar) used in an ongoing investigation of electricity, frequency, architectural space and paranormal electronic interference. Major exhibitions include Manifesta (1996), documenta X (1997), the Johannesburg Biennial (1997), Sound Art – Sound as Media at ICC in Tokyo (2000), the Venice Biennale (2001, 2003 and 2005) and Portikus, Frankfurt (2004). Hausswolff received a Prix Ars Electronica award for Digital Musics in 2002.

He is an expert in the work of Friedrich Jürgenson, a researcher who claimed to have detected voices of the dead hidden in radio static (the electronic voice phenomena). Hausswolff's own sound works are pure, intuitive studies of electricity, frequency and tone. Collaborators include Erik Pauser, with whom he worked at Phauss (1981-1993), Leif Elggren and John Duncan (artist)

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Fames, Family

Carolina Caycedo

 

Carolina Caycedo

Born 1978, London, England, Caycedo currently lives in New York, and San Juan (Puerto Rico) Carolina Caycedo is an emerging contemporary artist whose most recent exhibitions were at Blow de la Barra in London, UK, and Galeria Comercial in Puerto Rico. Her fine art and photography collections have been written about in The New York Times, Artfacts.net, Artecontexto, The Nation, and Art Dispatches. Photography from Carolina's bartering project, entitled "Daytoday," was featured at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York. Carolina has given talks about art at The Whitney Museum, New York, The Art, Memory, and City Seminar in Bogota, and the National University in Bogota. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Contemporary Artists Center, Massachusetts and at Foraneza, Puerto Rico.

Carolina was born in London and educated in Colombia. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from Los Andes University. Notable Exhibitions: "Locomotion" (2006) Blow de la Barra, London, UK; "La Nina" (2006) Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico; "Solo Under" (2005) Galeria Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico; "Break It" (2005) Ibid Projects, Vilnius, Lithuania; "Sonidos De Una Cuidad" (2003) Alianza Francesa Norte, Bogota, Columbia; "Break Dance Season" (2003) Espacio La Rebeca, Bogota, Columbia; "Dia Bandera. 24/7" (2002) Wall Gallery, London, UK; "Daytoday" (2002) Secession, Vienna, Austria.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Citizen, Participant

Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller

 

Christina Hemauer Roman Keller

Christina Hemauer was born in Zurich in 1973 and Roman Keller in Liestal in 1969. They both live in Zurich where they have worked regularly together since 2005.

Their work has been shown internationally: “No1 Sun Engine” at the 11th Cairo International Biennale, Egypt (Cairo, 2008-09) and “L‘Energia siamo noi – Studio Frauenfeld” at Neuer Shed im Eisenwerk (Frauenfeld, Switzerland, 2008-2009), “Moral Imagination” at Current Positions in Contemporary Art in the Face of Global Warming, Museum of Art of the Canton Thurgau, Switzerland and Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany, “The Invasion of the Laughing Jackass» as well as Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland, the same year. “Ökomedien/Ecomedia”, Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany; Plug-in, New Media Art Institution in Basel, Switzerland; SalaParpalló, Valencia, Spain, “Nettoyage énergétique”, Fri-Art, Contemporary Art Centre Fribourg, Switzerland, “A Mani festation, a Dedication and a Place to Get the Word out”, Swiss Art Awards, Basel in 2007. They had during the same year a solo show entitled “A Curiosity, a Museum Piece and an Example of a Road Not Taken”, Fri-Art, Contem-porary Art Centre Fribourg, Switzerland. In 2006, a public space intervention “At This Place, Postpetrolism Was Heralded on 27 April 2006”, Exhibition Space Kunsthof, Zurich, Switzerland.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: End Game – Blue Gold

Claudio A. Marrero

 

Marrero lives and works in Tenerife. After abandoning his architecture studies, Marrero received his Bachelor degree in fine arts specializing in sculpture. In 2000 he funded, together with fellow artists Ramiro Carrillo, the Critic Academy. Since 2006 he was responsible, together with Juanjo Valencia, for the programming of the Art Department of the gallery El Ateneo de la Laguna, Spain. In 2008 he opened the artist space “Tres Gardenias”. Since 1995 Marrero has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in The Canary islands, India, Barcelona, Belgium, The United Sates, Cuba and the United Kingdom.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Uncovered

Dalia Farouk

 

Dalia Farouk

Participation at Darb 1718: Second Look / Against the Current 

Dalia Elsharkawy

 

Dalia Elsharkawy

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Illustrate Yourself

David Habchy

 

David Habchy

David Habchy, born in 1985 in Beirut and now living in Jounieh, near Beirut, belongs to a new generation of Arabic artists working in the fields of illustration, graphics and animation. Even as a child, he already started experimenting with projects involving the conceptual combination of photography, graphic elements, theatre and music. He completed his studies of Computer Graphics and Animation at the Notre-Dame University, Lebanon, and soon afterward taught courses there himself. Today he works as a freelancer in the field of visual arts and is involved in design and comic projects, making the work of young Lebanese artists accessible to a wider audience. In addition, he develops concepts for music videos and animated short films. When he is not traveling through his country giving workshops for children and young people in which he discusses his work and projects, he lives in the attic of an old Lebanese house.

“Klekeesh”, or in other words bits and pieces of junk, was the way my father described my projects and tools that were constantly scattered around the house. In time, I realized that “Klekeesh” was a good description of my work since I experiment a lot through different techniques and mediums. I believe that the choice of media can differ with respect to the idea I want to show” – David Habchy in describing his work process in an interview with “lebrecord”. The term also became the name of his blog, in which he reports to an international audience about his work and experiences.

With his illustrations for the two books in the children's book series “Haltabees Haltabees” (2010; tr: The Little Tailor Haltabies) and “Haltabees Haltabees. Ashaar men semsem wa khyar” (2010; tr: The Little Tailor Haltabies. Poems from Sesame and Cucumber), about the wonderfully eccentric character of Haltabies, the tailor and his unrequited love, Habchy created an illustrated world which, in its aesthetic position between fairy tale and fantasy, has reached an exceptional position in the Arabic children's book market. Its techniques of montage and digital image processing combines elements of photography and animation, puppet shows, traditional calligraphy and ornamentation, classic illustration and comic art. This project was the artist's first step into the Arabic children's book market, which has for some time now been in a state of upheaval. With this project, he succeeded in realising his idea of providing associative and artistic impulses for children's imaginary worlds by means of a challenging, literary-aesthetic concept for children's books.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Deanne Vine

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Dena Al-Adeeb

 

Dena Al-Adeeb

Dena Al-Adeeb is an artist/scholar born in Baghdad, Iraq. Forced out of Iraq just before the Iraq/Iran War in 1980, she and her family escaped to Kuwait until the beginning of the 1991 Gulf War, when she was forced to relocate to San Francisco, California. Dena left the US in 2003 where she spent time in several places before moving to Egypt for four years. She returned to the US in 2008 and is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Culture and Representation Track at New York University. She received her M.A. in Anthropology-Sociology, Visual and Cultural Anthropology at the American University in Cairo. She received her B.A. in International Relations, Middle East and North Africa Studies from San Francisco State University. As a cultural worker, educator and political grassroots activist, she co-founded and worked in numerous organizations, institutions and grassroots-teaching collectives in the Bay Area and nationally in the US.

She works in a variety of media including installation, performance, painting, sculpting, video, photography, sound, and writing. Dena worked in the multi-media and e-learning industry as a graphic designer, illustrator, editor and publisher for several years before teaching at Expression College for Digital Arts. Her work explores the mappings of imagined and real memories, architectural objects and cityscapes. She spins narratives, legends and myths into installations, paintings and sculptures, while her photography and video work captures the intricacies of human imaginations and rituals. 

Her work has been presented in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, Michigan, Sweden, Cairo, Dubai, Tunisia and at the Orebro International Videoart Festival, Falaki Gallery, Mashrabia Gallery, Karim Francis Gallery, Bastakiya Art Fair, Galerie le Violon Bleu, Pro-Arts Gallery, the Arab American National Museum, among others. Her work has been published in Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, The Color of Violence Anthology, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging, among others.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Hiwar

Dinkies Sithole 

 

Dinkies Sithole

Born in Soweto, Dinkies Sithole is a painter, sculptor and acclaimed tap-dancer. He studied at the Pelmama Art Centre in Soweto and learned his dance techniques as a member of the Whizzkid Dance Group in Soweto in the late 1980s. He has practiced ballet, break-dancing and tap-dancing. As dancer and choreographer he has been involved in Arts Alive and the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

Sithole is much inspired by ritualistic and spiritual journeys. Within his work (painting, sculpture and dance) the way of life and love of nature are inextricably linked. Since childhood he has been fascinated by the philosophy and painting techniques, using natural pigments on the raw rock face of the San people. Following an exchange of ideas with Asian students during his exhibitions in New York and Vermont, Sithole has been influenced also by Sharman and Buddhist philosophies. The work on show reflects a certain calligraphic quality, using oriental inks and collage techniques on textured rice papers. Sithole explores the relationship between the elements ­earth, wind, water and fire and his paintings speak of human spiritual experience in uncovering our hidden sentiments as we confront our reality in relation to time and space.

Selected solo exhibitions: Meditating with the Sharmans, Franchise Gallery, Johannesburg (2005); Dinkies Sithole, Hanover Street Gallery, Liverpool (2001); Leaving Room for the Eye to Discover II, Johannesburg Art Foundation (2000); Leaving Room for the Eye to Discover I, Johannesburg Art Foundation (1998); Imidlalo, Rembrandt van Rijn Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg (1997). Selected group exhibitions: New Paintings, Durban Art Gallery, Unisa, Johannesburg Art Gallery (2005 ­ 2006); Vermont Studio Art Centre Gallery, Johnson, USA (2002); Identities: CrossPath Culture, New York, USA (2001), Cross Overs, CrossPath Culture Studios, Johannesburg (2001); Black Visions, Mofolo Art Centre, Soweto (1995); Primitive Sculpture Exhibition, Newtown Galleries, Johannesburg (1992).

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The Biennale of Bamako 2009 edition

Dora Dhouib

 

Dora Dhouib

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Hiwar

Edgar León

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Images, Politics and Networks 2011

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Egill Sæbjörnsson

Born 1973 in Reykjavik, Iceland and now living in Reykjavik and Berlin. Egill Sæbjörnsson graduated from the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (now the Icelandic Academy of the Arts) in 1997 and studied at the University of Paris, St.Denis, from 1995 to 1996.

Egill Sæbjörnsson’s work is an approach to experience, a mode of behaviour, a play. He creates arrangements that cannot be described as mere “installations” since they are all at once performance sets, sculptural accumulations and three-dimensional drawings. Music plays a vital part in his art projects, and he is a musician as much as a visual artist. With an artistic background in drawing and painting, Sæbjörnsson has always been fascinated by video and animation, and his current work can be seen as a (techno)logical continuation of painting. Some of his works incorporate music and projections with everyday objects, in a way that is both comical and poetic. Other works feature complete stage sets and performances, with cut-out figures that talk and sing and interact with commonplace objects or with the artist himself, all with strong references to both contemporary society and cultural and art history.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Fames, Family

Ehab Fawzy

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Images, Politics and Networks

Ema Banany

 

Participation in Darb 1718: El Kobz / Bread

Engy Aly

 

Engy Aly

Engy Aly was born in 1982. She studied Graphic Design in Cairo where she lives and works. Engy worked with a couple of local design studios and taught Graphic Design for a while before becoming a freelance Graphic Designer. She participated in many workshops, projects, and exhibitions in Egypt, as well as in other countries.
 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Maspero

Enass ElSadiek

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718:

Khadra
El Kobz / Bread

Faisal Samra

 

Faisal Samra

Sara was born in 1956 in Bahrein where he continue to lives and works After graduating from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1980, he became a set designer for Saudi television, a graphic designer for the Arabian Bechtel Company in Jubail, and a graphics consultant at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Faisal Samra uses photography, video, and painting. His work is a continuous search for the absolute and for the harmonious transposition of memories, sensations, and experiences. It is a meditation on evolving memory. “I like to be contemporary, but not to the exclusion of cultural references, such as the images, myths, and stories that make up this culture. I try not to cut myself off from my roots. Places, odours, light, textures – all these elements touch me and grow in me”. In his work, the abstract ceases to be a technical concern, rather it is a conceptual aesthetic that reflects contemporary thought.

Most of his compositions involve experimentation with new forms of abstract language, the aim of which is to identify its specific characteristics by freeing it from the weight of obsolete means of expression.

Exhibitions in Darb 1718: Resistance

Farah Hegazy

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Parallel Visions

Farah Badrawy

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Parallel Visions

Farah Hammad

 

Ever since I was a child, all I ever loved is Art. Due to having traveled and lived in different countries, I have been exposed to different cultures I developed an approach to observe people and places and to express my feelings and my experiences in drawing and creating. From paintings to installation; my main aim in my work is to touch people somehow, link people to a state of feeling or state of mind that makes them happy or connects them to old memories or a certain person. So, my latest work titled “ Hope” is basically a sample of people’s hopes and dreams exposed for the world to see. The letters will remind people to believe and to have hope that everything will turn out fine and illustrate the growth of hope in each and everyone of us. My main objective is to show people that in spite of the way we feel whether sad, scared, disappointed or any other feeling of that sort there is always a spark of hope in each and every single one of us. People will not only have the chance to read the hopes displayed, but are also welcome to place their own hopes which will be read by a stranger who might then get inspired. People should remember that we all inspire each other and a small action could change someone else’s life.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Parallel Visions

Farida hamdy

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Illustrate Yourself

Farida Khalil

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Illustrate Yourself 

Fatema Niazi

 

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: The outcome of the “Collage Workshop”

Fernando Goldoni

 

Fernando Goldoni

Fernando, who lives and works in Tenerife measures the distance between a spider and a star, between his freedom and the circumference of the earth, between a cup of coffee and each ones own truth, between the eyes of an angel and a homeless person’s rest… again and again he looks at his notes until they make sense (and sometimes, this can take years), then he keeps them inside the colors, without time or space … and asks a stranger: what do you see? inviting them to walk along his canvas-map and spatula-compass trace.

Larraz obtained his Bachelor degree in fine arts from Valencia University in Spain and received a grant from the Canary Islands government. In 1990 spent one year in Colonia collaborating on the private studio of Edmund Kieselba. He has been awarded five first prizes and three honor awards in different art competitions throughout the country. Fernando has done 16 solo shows and 25 group exhibition.
Fashion 1 – Oil on Canvas 2010
Fashion 2 – Oil on Canvas 2010
Fashion 3 – Oil on Canvas 2010

ROCIO BORRASE FDEZ,

Philosopher
Partner in the quest of the meaning for life.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Images, Politics and Networks
Uncovered

Fernando Larraz

 

Currently living and working in Tenerife, Larraz obtained his Bachelor degree in Fine Arts from Valencia University, Spain and received a grant from the Canary Islands government. In 1990 spent one year in Colonia collaborating with  the private studio of Edmund Kieselba. He has been awarded five first-place prizes and three honor awards in different art competitions throughout the country. Fernando has done 16 solo shows and 25 group exhibition 

Fashion 1 – Oil on Canvas 2010

Fashion 2 – Oil on Canvas 2010

Fashion 3 – Oil on Canvas 2010

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Uncovered

 

Florence Moutin

florence

Florence has practiced contemporary dance for 15 years with French and foreign choreographers like Marie-Hélène Desmaris, Josette Baïz, Bernard Menaut, William Petit, Maalem Eddy, Claire Brunet, Emilio Calcagno, Veronique Larcher, Julie Stanzac, Nina Dipla, and Atsushi Takenuchi.

She is the choreographer for the French group Corps-texte and is currently questioning the links between dance and writing. In this performance, she is interested in the memory of the place. She also conducts writing workshops.

She is also the author of illustrated stories (Editions RAPEL).

She holds a Masters degree in Modern Letters and a Masters in Linguistics.

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Echo

Florencia Urbina

 

Florencia Urbina

Exhibitions at Darb 1718: Images, Politics and Networks

 

 

 

 

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