Biography

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.


Education:

2021/25
  • PhD Candidate at Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Austria.

2016
  • MA, Master of Arts HES-SO in Fine Arts, Major in MAPS - Arts in Public  Sphères, École de design et Haute école d'art du Valais (édhéa/ecav), Sierre, Switzerland.

2005
  • B.A. Faculty of art education, Helwan University, Egypt.

Selected Group Shows and Events:

2021
  • A Whole Population of Poets’ at sumac space curated by Davood Madadpoor
  • VAEFE | Walk-in cinema program, SEA Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Art as Connection, Group show, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

2020/21
  • The convention of restorative anatomy and prosopopeia, at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo ( 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.
  • “Live Praxes” at Townhouse Gallery, (curated by Mohamed Abdelkarim) Cairo, Egypt.

2017
  • House of Wisdom | Bilgelik Evi Dzialdov, (curated by Collective Çukurcuma) Berlin, Germany.
  • [A Gift to Those Who..] LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award Vol.5, 37°EDIZIONE DRODESERA. Italy.
  • [Count! How many renegades I still have?] a performance at One Gee In Fog, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • [Epistles on Knowledge Engagement] a performance at Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • PhotoCairo 6 Contemporary Image Collective - CIC - (curated by Andrea Thal) Cairo, Egypt.
  • Plattform 17, Kunsthaus Glarus Glarus, Switzerland.

2016
  • Cabaret der Künstler - Zunfthaus Voltaire Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Do it Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hoor Al Qasimi) Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • (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.
  • Tokyo Story Part 3: Identities in the World TWS Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

2012
  • Videoakt,  Videoakt International, Barcelona, Spain.
  • PhotoCairo 5 Contemporary Image Collective (curated by Mia Jankowicz) CIC. Cairo, Egypt.

2010
  • Beyond the Desert Darb 1718 (curated by Simon Njami), Cairo, Egypt.


Solo Shows

2021
  • Body, Language, Image and Other Things That Can Be Used, at different public spaces in Cairo, Studio Emad Eddin Foundation, and Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences CILAS

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

Awards & Grants:

2016
  • Prix Excellence HES-SO, Switzerland.

2015
  • AFAC production grant.

2013
  • UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists.
  • YATF, Young Arab Theatre Fund, production grant.

2012
  • Al-Mawred production grant.
  • AFAC Express production grant.
  • Ford Foundation, residency, travel grant.
  • 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.

Curatorial and Pedagogical works:

2020:
  • Teaching spring semester course of ‘Time-based Media’ at AUC American University in Cairo.

2020:
  • Live Praxes #2, seminars, and performance nights [online edition].

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

2018
  • 1st Roznama -Studio Programme, six months program for emerging Egyptian artists, co-designed and mentoring.
  • Live Praxes #1, seminars, and performance nights at CIC, The townhouse gallery, and Rawabet theatre.

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



Performances:

2021
  • The convention of restorative anatomy and prosopopeia, at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo at Studio Emad Eddin Foundation ( curated by Valerio del Baglivo)
  • Diskurs festival, the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen, Germany.

2020
  • A Sequence of Events in the Lives of the Dormant, Curators: Lara Khaldi and Aneta Rostkowska, [Online] Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany.

2018
  • At the crossroads of different pasts, presents, and futures, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, (curated by Valerio del Baglivo)Turin, Italy.

2017
  • [Count! How many renegades I still have?] At OGIF, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • [Then I Run Away] at Medrar for contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt.
  • [A Gift to Those Who..] LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award Vol.5, 37°EDIZIONE DRODESERA. Italy.
  • [Going Far Away], Khartoum contemporary art centre, Oslo, Norway.
  • [Epistles on Knowledge Engagement] Sofia Underground International Performance Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • [Oh, I am so sorry! I didn’t mean to scratch your face] Photo-Cairo 6, CIC, (Curated by Andrea Thal), Cairo, Egypt.
  • [Isabel searches for Monad] Plattform 17, Group exhibition at Kunsthaus Glarus, Zurich, Switzerland

2016:
  • [Isabel searches for Monad] Guild Master of Cabaret der Künstler, Zunfthaus Voltaire Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland

2015
  • [The Journey of the Meteor to Meet his Beloved] at Tearoom, Sierre, Switzerland.
  • [Christopher Columbus Meets Diego Diaz] Sharjah Art Gallery, AUC, Cairo, Egypt

2014
  • [Christopher Columbus Meets Diego Diaz] BAR project In collaboration with Àngels Barcelona.

2013
  • [The Rude Discourse] at TWS, Tokyo wonder site, Tokyo, Japan.


Biennials:

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

2016
  • Marrakech Biennale 6 - Parallel Projects Marrakech BiennaleMarrakechMorocco

2013
  • Biennale Jogja Xii Equator #2: Not A Dead End Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Sharjah Biennial 11 Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

2009
  • "International Biennale Cuenca" Ecuador.

2008
  • BJCM Biennial, Puglia, Italy.

Publications:

2021
  • Let The Sea Eat Me, M. Abdelkarim, Macaco press, Esmet publishing list, Cairo/Geneve.

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?: art and research in collaboration: an experiment: ISOE? Swarowsky, Schielke, Heister, & Ali - Jap Sam Books.

2012
  • (a(version)s) release music CD produced by Joe Namy, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Fifteen ways to leave Badiou: artists respond to Badiou's fifteen theses on contemporary art, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF)

2011
  • Fifteen Ways to Leave Badiou”, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF)
  • ALHAGEZ Book Co with Maria Ptqk, Juan Canela Radio de Accion, Bilbao: Espacio Abisal