Mohamed Abdelkarim (El Minya, 1983). 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 with organising performance nights. Abdelkarim currently lives and works in Cairo.

(El Minya, Egypt, 1983)


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.

Upcoming Events:

2021: 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca (Curated by Christine Eyene).

Selected Group Exhibitions and Events:

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.


2016: Marrakech Biennale 6 - Parallel Projects Marrakech BiennaleMarrakechMorocco

2013: Biennale Jogja Xii Equator #2: Not A Dead End Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

2013: Sharjah Biennial 11 Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

2009: "International Biennale Cuenca" Ecuador.

2008: BJCM Biennial, Puglia, Italy.

Solo Shows:

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


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.


2019: Live Works, Edit by Roberta Da Soller, Simone Frangi

2014: contribution [Sublimity of the desecrated building] PC5 photo Cairo [5] Catalogue,  CIC, Cairo.

2013: [in search of Europe] Publication (edited by Daniela Swarowsky).

2012: (a(version)s) release music CD produced by Joe Namy, Beirut, Lebanon.

2011: ‘Fifteen Ways to Leave Badiou”, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF)

2011: ALHAGEZ Book Co with Maria Ptqk, Radio de Accion (curated by Juan Canela).

Awards & Grants:

2016: Prix Excellence HES-SO, Switzerland.

2015: AFAC production grant.

2013: UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists.

2013: YATF, Young Arab Theatre Fund, production grant.

2012: Al-Mawred production grant.

2012: AFAC Express production grant.

2012: Ford Foundation, residency, travel grant.

2012: British Council, production “Grants to Artists’.

2009: Ford Foundation, residency, travel grant.

2008: ISP grant, Salzburg summer academy.

2007: Award Saloon 18th in video art, the palace of the art, gallery, Cairo.

Teaching and Workshops:

2020: Curating 2nd Live Praxes, Performance nights “online” in collaboration with Pro-Helvetia.

2019: 2019: [History of performance/Performance of history] one month workshop, Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt

2019: 2nd Roznama -Studio Programme, six months program for emerging Egyptian artists, co-designed, and mentoring.

2019: Live art workshop, one month workshop, on text-based performance, ICA, University of Capetown, South Africa.

2019: [Performing Fiction] three months course hosted by CILAS Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Science, Alexandria, Egypt.

2018: 1st Roznama -Studio Programme, six months program for emerging Egyptian artists, co-designed, and mentoring.

2017: “Tech-myth” One month's video production workshop co-mentored with the Danish artist Anne Haaning, at Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.

2017: Performative-debate workshop, at CIC, Contemporary Image Collective Cairo.

2014: Generator” Video workshop with the Swiss artist Christoph Oertli at Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.

2013: Production video workshop, co-mentored with Egyptian Artist Sherif El Azama, at Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.