Mohamed Abdelkarim

Egyptian Multi-disciplinary artist (born in 1983, El Minya).
He lives and works in Cairo.

2016: Master of Arts in Public Spheres, at École de design et Haute école d’art du Valais (édhéa/ecav), HES-SO University of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sierre, Switzerland. 
2005: B.A. Faculty of art education, Helwan University, Egypt.

Artist’s statement:
Abdelkarim’s practice is performance oriented. He considers performance as a research method and a practice through which he produces texts and images that embody the forms of poetry, scripts, sound, and video. Employing and reflecting on different performative acts like narrating, singing, dancing, detecting, and doing, his work is concerned with the performance of renegades in a time of crisis, complicating the relationship between geography and the fugitive.His performances have been included in Guild Master of Cabaret Voltaire Manifesta11, Zurich, 2016; Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival, Bulgaria, 2016; Live Works Performance Act Award Vol.5, 37°EDIZIONE DRODESERA, Italy, 2017. As part of his performative practice, he established „Live Praxes“ – a performative project that brings together lectures, debates, readings, critical responses, and creative quests, alongside organizing performance nights. Abdelkarim currently lives and works in Cairo.

Solo Exhibitions
2015: “Ahmed’s Revenge and Other Untold Stories” The American University in Cairo, Egypt

Group Exhibitions
2020: A Sequence of Events in the Lives of the Dormant, Curators: Lara Khaldi and Aneta Rostkowska, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
2020: The convention of restorative anatomy and prosopopeia, at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo at Kunsthal Gent (curated by Valerio del Baglivo)
2018:  At the crossroads of different pasts, presents, and futures, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, (curated by Valerio del Baglivo)Turin, Italy.
2018: “Live Praxes” at Townhouse Gallery, (curated by Mohamed Abdelkarim) Cairo, Egypt.
2017:House of Wisdom | Bilgelik Evi Dzialdov, (curated by Collective Çukurcuma) Berlin, Germany.
2017: [A Gift to Those Who..] LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award Vol.5, 37°EDIZIONE DRODESERA. Italy.
2017: [Count! How many renegades I still have?] a performance at One Gee In Fog, Geneva, Switzerland.
2017: [Epistles on Knowledge Engagement] a performance at Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria.2017: PhotoCairo 6 Contemporary Image Collective – CIC – (curated by Andrea Thal) Cairo, Egypt.
2017: Plattform 17, Kunsthaus Glarus Glarus, Switzerland.
2016: Cabaret der Künstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland.
2016: Do it Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hoor Al Qasimi) Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
2016: (a(version)s) Cuchifritos Gallery + Project SpaceNew York City, NY, USA.
2013: In Search of Europe? Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, (curated by Daniela Swarovski) Berlin, Germany.
2013: Tokyo Story Part 3: Identities in the World TWS Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
2012: Videoakt,  Videoakt International, Barcelona, Spain.
2012: PhotoCairo 5 Contemporary Image Collective (curated by Mia Jankowicz) CIC. Cairo, Egypt.
2010: Beyond the Desert Darb 1718 (curated by Simon Njami), Cairo, Egypt.

Awards/Grants/Artist in residences
2018: The Camargo Foundation, Fellowship Spring, Cassis, France.
2018: Gleis70, The Gastatelier artists residency, Zurich, Switzerland.
2017: “Madrassa” curatorial research program, Morocco.2017: Pro-Helvetia Research Residency, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2015: kunstpot göschenen، Göschenen, Switzerland.2014: Residency program at [BarProject] Barcelona, Curated by Juan Canela,
2013: FUTURA – Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic.
2013: Unesco-aschberg bursaries for artists, Dar Al-Mamun, Marrakech, Morocco.
2012: TWS, Tokyo wonder site, Tokyo, Japan.2011: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland.
2010: VASL International Artists’ Residency, Karachi, Pakistan.