Biography

Mohamed Abdelkarim is a performer, filmmaker, and researcher. His practice is performance-oriented. He considers performance as a research method and a practice through which he produces texts and images that embody multiforms. He employs and reflects on performative acts like narrating, singing, detecting, doing, fictioning, and recently, speculating. His current umbrella project focuses on the agency of the landscape as a witness of "a history we missed and a future we did not attend yet".

His works have been included in the Sharjah-biennial 11, Guild Master of Cabaret Voltaire, Manifesta 11, Live Works Performance Act Award Vol.5, IT and Berlinale 72 /Forum Expanded, 2022.
He received his MA in Arts in public spheres from édhéa /ecav, CH, 2016 and is currently Ph.D. candidate at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna. Abdelkarim is living and working between Cairo and Maastricht.


Education

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

2014/2016
  • 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.

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

2000/2005
  • B.A. Faculty of art education, Helwan University, 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

Selected Group Shows and Events:

2022
  • KAS, a group show (curated by Simone Frangi), Centrale Fies, Italy
  • The Tellers, a group show, Villa Romana Florence, Italy

2021
  • VAEFE | Walk-in cinema program, SEA Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Art as Connection, Group show, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland

2020
  • The convention of restorative anatomy and prosopopeia, at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo ( curated by Valerio del Baglivo)
  • A sequence of events in the Lives of the dormant, 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.
  • “Live Praxes” at Townhouse Gallery (curated by Mohamed Abdelkarim) Cairo, Egypt.

2017
  • House of Wisdom (curated by Collective Çukurcuma) at Dzialdov, Berlin, Germany.
  • House of Wisdom (curated by Collective Çukurcuma) at Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • [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 (curated by Simon Njami), Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt

Biennials

2022
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale / forum expanded, Berlin, Germany

2021
  • 5th International Biennale of Casablanca BIC - Casablanca, Morocco

2016
  • Marrakech Biennale 6 - Parallel Projects, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Colombo Art Biennale, PGIAR, [You May Say I’m A Dreamer], curated by Sara Mahmood, Sri Lanka

2013
  • Biennale Jogja XII Equator #2: Not A Dead End, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Sharjah Biennial 11Sharjah BiennialSharjahUnited Arab Emirates

2009
  • "International Biennale Cuenca" Ecuador.

2008
  • BJCM Biennial, Puglia, Italy.



Awards and Grants

2022
  • Shortlist for Henrike Grohs Art Award

2020
  • "production programme", Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

2018
  • AFAC, Arab Culture Fund Production, Beirut, Lebanon.

2016
  • Prix Excellence HES-SO, Switzerland.

2015
  • AFAC, Arab Culture Fund Production, Beirut, Lebanon.

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

2012
  • Al-Mawred production grant, Beirut, Lebanon
  • AFAC, Arab Culture Fund Production, Express grant, Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Ford Foundation, residency, travel grant.
  • British Council, production “Grants to Artists’.

Curatorial and Pedagogical Works

2020:
  • Worked as a tutor for the spring semester course titled ‘Time-based Media’ at AUC American University in Cairo.

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

2019:
  • A partner and a mentor of [Live Art works] SA, Egypt, India, Switzerland.
  • Co-designed and mentored 2nd Roznama -Studio Programme, a six-month program for emerging Egyptian artists, Cairo, Egypt.

2018
  • Co-designed and mentored 1st Roznama -Studio Programme, a six-month program for emerging Egyptian artists, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Curated Live Praxes #1, seminars, and performance nights at CIC, The townhouse gallery, and Rawabet Theatre, Egypt/Switzerland.

2017
  • Worked as a tutor for a course titled [Performing fiction] at The Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences CILAS, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Co-mentored with the Danish artist Anne Haaning, [Tech-myth] One-month video production workshop was at Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Curated [Performative-debate workshop] at CIC, Contemporary Image Collective Cairo.

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

Selected Bibliography

Publications and Books:
  • Comparison Of Appearance, shorts, ISOE and YATF, 2013
  • Conspiracy Exceeds Consumption, Booklet, Tokyo Wonder Site and Sharjah Biennial, 2013
  • Rhino Story, short, Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, 2012

Interviews:
  • [Berlinale Forum Expanded: Gazing…Unseeing] by Geoffrey Macnab at Business Doc Europe, 2022.
  • [Renegades, ghouls as telos, diasporic peregrination in apostasy, and the moltibodied monadic roots of all roots] Mohamed abdelkarim with Connor Maley, 2022.
  • Hassan Khan Conversation with Mohamed Abdelkarim, at Medrar, 2017
  • (a(version)s) Mohamed Abdelkarim and Rough Americana By Joe Namy, Jadaliyya, 2012.

Contributions and Essays:
  • Without Reduction, by Book Works for The Happy Hypocrite, BookWorks, 2021.
  • Historical materials unfit for museumization, at The Swiss Artistic Research Network SARN, 2021.
  • [Live Works editorial project] edited by Simone Frangi and Roberta Da Soller, Centrale Fies, 2019.
  • [Two Stories Distorted] Ibraaz projects, 2013.
  • [Three Practices In [non-physical archiving] Ibraaz Platform, 2013.
  • [in search of Europe] Publication (edited by Daniela Swarowsky), 2013
  • [Sublimity of the desecrated building] PC5 photo Cairo [5] Catalogue, 2012
  • A photography project in issue Camera Austria International, issue 118, 2012
  • “Fifteen Ways to Leave Badiou”, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF), 2012
  • “ALHAGEZ” Book Co with Maria Ptqk, Radio de Accion (curate by Juan Canela), 2011
  • Perspective, Revolution of the Mind, Art Asia Pacific, issue 75, 2011