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Bassem Yousri (m)
Artist in Residence

Herkunftsland: Ägypten
KKA-Residency: 2017
Webseite: http://bassemyousri.com

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Bassem Yousri is an Egyptian visual artist and independent filmmaker. He was born in Algeria in 1980 and raised in Cairo where he currently lives and works. Yousri received his BFA in painting from the School of Fine Arts - Helwan U. in Cairo in 2003, and his MFA in painting, drawing and sculpture from Tyler School of Art - Temple University in Philadelphia in 2009.

Yousri was the recipient of a Fulbright Art’s Grant in 2006, and an AFAC Express grant in 2012. Additionally, he was awarded several artist-in-residence fellowships by several institutions such as Arte East in New York, 2016; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, 2016; Vermont Studio Center, 2013; Kansas State University in 2011, and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California in 2010.

Since 2000, Yousri has been showing his work in several collective shows across Egypt, the Arab world, USA, and Europe. Additionally, he had six solo shows between Egypt and USA so far. Some of the most prominent venues where Yousri showed his work are Mathaf: the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha - Qatar, l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris - France, the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich - Germany, and IVAM (Institut Valencià d'Art Modern) in Valencia - Spain.

Yousri’s multidisciplinary practice ranges between creating mixed media installations in art galleries, public and street art, awareness campaigns, and experimental videos and documentary films. Inspired by the narrative quality of Ancient Egyptian murals, Yousri’s work has a strong documentary aspect. While his work is often a commentary on contemporary Egyptian social and political situation, he is still concerned with the larger frame of the human condition. Moreover, Yousri’s work often investigates other issues such as cross-cultural dialogue, stereotypes and taboos, mass culture and the relationship between art and audience.

EDUCATION:
2009 MFA in painting, Tyler School of Art, Temple University - Philadelphia, USA.
2006 Non-degree studies in fashion design, Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal School of Media, Arts, and Design – Philadelphia, USA.
2003 BFA in painting, School of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2014 Exhibition titled RGB (1) at Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2014 Exhibition at AE Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2013 Exhibition titled The Official Institution at al Gazira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 Exhibition titled Cairo Headlines at Ballhaus Naunynstraße (as part of Voicing Resistance festival), Berlin, Germany.
2011 Exhibition titled Homage to the Egyptian Revolution at Kansas State Uni-versity, Manhattan Kansas, USA.
2009 MFA thesis exhibition titled All the Important Issues at Tyler School of Art, Temple U., Philadelphia, USA.

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
2017 Time, Site & Lore project, commissioned by ET4U organization, exhibi-tion during the Off Road festival and Meetings festival, and the Struer Museum, Struer, Denmark.
2016:
The March Project 2016 exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE.
Exhibition tilted From the Outside Inwards and From the Inside Out-wards at AE Gallery, Potsdam, Germany.
2015:
Exhibition titled Something Else – Cairo OFF Biennale, curated by Si-mon Njami at Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt.
Exhibition titled Keep it Real curated by Klio Krajewska at Bayt al Sin-nary, Cairo, Egypt.
2014:
Exhibition titled Tea with Nefertiti curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, at the Museum Ägyptischer Kunst München in Munich, Germany.
Exhibition titled Good Day to You! at Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center, Cai-ro, Egypt.
Exhibition titled A Politics of Drawing: Proposal for a Method of Trans-formation, curated by Philip Glahn and John O’Connor at the Barbara White Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, NY, USA.
2013:
Exhibition titled Té con Nefertiti (Tea with Nefertiti) curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, at IVAM (Institut Valencià d'Art Modern), Va-lencia, Spain.
Wavy Banners Festival, ET4U Organization, West Jutland, Denmark.
Exhibition titled Le Théoreme de Nefertiti, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, at l’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.
Exhibition titled Recording Against Regimes (curated by Klio Krajew-ska), Darb 1718 Art Center, Cairo Egypt.
2012:
Exhibition titled Tea with Nefertiti at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Doha, Qatar.
Exhibition titled Signs of Resistance at Aufbau Haus Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany.
Exhibition titled the Changing Room (curated by Aida Eltorie), Charing Cross tube station, London, England.
Exhibition titled Super Market at al Gazira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.
ITB Tourism Festival, Berlin, Germany. Yousri was one of 10 Egyptian artists invited to decorate 10 sculptures in the shape of Ankh through a workshop. The sculptures were displayed across different parts of Berlin in parallel to Egypt’s representation at the ITB festival.
Exhibition titled Shift Delete 30 at Saad Zaghloul Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2011:
Exhibition titled Renditions at Maraya Art Center (curated by Aida El-torie), Sharjah, UAE.
Exhibition titled The Changing Room: Arab Reflections on Praxis and Time at Spazio Qubi gallery (curated by Aida Eltorie), Torino, Italy.
Exhibition titled Manifest 770 at Incline Gallery (curated by Scott Jen-nings), San Francisco, USA.
Exhibition of video works at the French Institute in Cairo in parallel to the Bamako Biennale in Mali (curated by Khaled Hafez as part of the Bamako Encounters), Cairo, Egypt.
2010:
Manifesta Biennale, Murcia, Spain.
Exhibition titled Residency Projects I at Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berke-ley, California, USA.
Performance in collaboration with Seth Lower at SOMA Arts Center, San Francisco, California. (100 Performances for the hole), USA.

MUSEUM ACQUISITIONS:
The Egyptian Museum in Munich (Museum Ägyptischer Kunst München), Germany.

CURATORIAL WORK:
2016 Oshtoora festival, Fayoum, Egypt.
2015 Oshtoora festival, Sinai desert, Egypt.

PUBLICATIONS:
2014 RGB (1), graphic novel, published by B.E.B.A Editions.

FILMOGRAPHY:
2018 Film Romancy (editor and director) (under development) experimental documentary.
2016 The Wardrobe Man (editor, performer and director), experimental short (under development).
2012 Pulse, (4 min) experimental short (editor and director)
2012 Beetle: the Car of the People (main actor), short narrative directed by Salma Ghobrial.
2011 In Search Of a City (actor), experimental short directed by Hala el Koussy (shot in Cairo).
2010 Still Recording, (50 min) experimental documentary (editor and direc-tor) (shot in Philadelphia).

FILM SCREENINGS:
2015 Zawya movie theatre, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 Hakaya Forum, Alexandria, Egypt.
2011 The Netherlands-Flemish Institute, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 Kansas State University, Kansas, USA.
2010 California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, USA.
2010 Art Institute, Berkeley, USA.

RESIDENCIES, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS:
2016 March Project residency at Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE.
2016 Arte East Fellowship – Art Omi International Artists’ Residency.
2013 Artist in Residence Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, USA.
2012 AFAC Express Grant.
2011 Visiting Artist-in-Residence position at Kansas State University, USA.
2010 Artist in Residence Fellowship at KALA Art Institute, Berkeley, USA.
2006 Fulbright Arts Grant.

WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED BY THE ARTIST:
2016 Drawing workshop at No Longer Empty, NYC, USA.
2016 Visual Expression workshop at ADEF (Arab Digital Expression Founda-tion).
2013 Workshop at Outside the Circle organization, Cairo, Egypt.
2013 Workshop titled Artist Encounters at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.
2012 Workshop titled Drawing revelations at Aufbau Haus, Berlin, Germany. The participants designed and executed a site-specific mural throughout the 6 days of the workshop.

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS:
2014 “Mesh Sakta” campaign (an awareness campaign to encourage women to take action against sexual harassment in Egypt) for Harass Map, Egypt.
2012 “Teh Marbouta” campaign (an awareness campaign reinforcing women’s role in Egyptian society) for the Egyptian Feminist Union.
2011 Spread a Word Campaign (Ma Tekhsarnish). A visual campaign reinforcing acceptance of the other in Egypt and across the world.
2009 Mural titled Waiting for the Reading and Columbia Train, designed by the artist and execute with the help of community members. Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA.


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