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Yara Mekawei (f)
Artist in Residence

Herkunftsland: Ägypten
KKA-Residency: 2019
Webseite: http://yaramekawei.wix.com/yaramekawei

Portraitfoto: Yara Mekawei
Portraitfoto: Yara Mekawei
©Ahmed Mohsen Mansour
Lebenslauf:
Yara Mekawei is a Cairo-based electronic music composer and sound artist. A prolific artist and scholar, Mekawei‘s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the flow of urban centers and the infrastructure of cities. Interested in the philosophy of architecture, history and literature. Mekawei used the optical transfer from the musical conversation and transferring the sound waves to a visual forms.

Culture Work/Activities:
- 2018 Founder of Radio SUBMARINE, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2016 Internship at Pierre Boulez Saal, Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin, Germany.
- 2016 Alumni of Culture Academy MENA, Goethe Institute, Berlin, Germany.
- 2015/2016 Teaching assistant at MSA University, Media Art and Design department, Giza, Egypt.
- 2015 Sound art workshop teacher, New York University in Abu Dhabi, EU.
- 2014 Coordinator, Art Talks Gallery, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2011 Coordinator, Darb 1718 culture center, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2010 B.A Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

AIR / Artist in Residency:
- 2018 FAK’UGESI Residency , Johannesburg, South Africa
- 2018 Gastatelier Gleis70, Zürich, Switzerland.
- 2017 IWALIWAHAUS, Bayreuth, Germany.
- 2014 Curated Palace Gallery, Manchester, UK.
- 2014 Montalbano Di Licata, Sicily, Italy.
- 2013 National Gallery, Tunisia.
- 2012 Centre D’Art I Natua, Farrera, Cataluna, Spain.
- 2011 Akademie Der Kunst, Berlin, Germany.
- 2010 Oasis of Siwa, West Desert, Egypt.
- 2009 to 2013 Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

Grants:
- 2018 MOPHRADAT, travel grant, Dakar Biennial, Dakar, Senegal.
- 2018 Pro Helvetia, music production grant, Zürich, Switzerland.
- 2015 Goethe-Institut, music/visual production grant, Berlin, Germany.
- 2014 British council, music production grant, British council, Manchester, UK.
- 2013 Pro Helvetia, music production grant, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2012 British council, cultural exchange grant, London, UK.

ISP / Independent study programs:
- 2018 "Al Mujahed" Sufi music and soundscape research, Dakar, Senegal.
- 2017 "No One Is Illegal" research, Bayreuth University, Bavaria, Germany.
- 2013 "The environmental sounds in society after the lull of the revolution" research, National Gallery, Tunisia.
- 2011 "African music is the highest mountain of snow" research, Akademie Der Kunst, Berlin, Germany.
- 2009/2010 Infrastructure study program, for acoustic music and music production, researchers the townhouse gallery. Cairo.


Live Performances selective solo/festivals:
- 2018 DJ live performance, La Mer a Table, Dakar, Senegal.
- 2018 "Pistachio, Mind, Map" live performance, Butcher's Tears, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- 2018 "Pistachio, Mind, Map" live performance, SPEKTRUM, Berlin, Germany.
- 2018 "Hold the Line" live performance, RAUM::STATION, Zürich, Switzerland.
- 2018 "Pistachio, Mind, Map" live performance, KULTUREFOLGER, Zürich, Switzerland.
- 2017 “Scratching” live performance, Lagos Biennial, Lagos, Nigeria.
- 2017 Live Electronic music/DJ performance, Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria.
- 2017 Egyptian Females Experimental Music EFEM, festival MIMI, Marseille, France.
- 2017 Live Electronic music/DJ performance, Liebigstraße, Berlin, Germany.
- 2017 Live Electronic music/DJ performance, ZENTRUM, Bayreuth, Germany.
- 2017 Egyptian Females Experimental Music EFEM, Germany and Switzerland April 17 tour.
- 2017 Live Electronic music, European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society, Oriental Hall, AUC, Cairo.
- 2017 DJ Females live night, Goethe Institute, Cairo.
- 2017 Live Electronic music/DJ performance, Goethe Institute, Cairo.
- 2016 Live Electronic music/DJ performance, SPEKTRUM art_technology_community, Berlin, Germany.
- 2016 “The middle ear is 30 centimeters behind the scene” live electronic music/performance collaborative with Lamis Haggag, Dak’Art Biennial, Dakar, Senegal.
- 2015 “The middle ear is 30 centimeters behind the scene” live electronic music/performance collaborative with Lamis Haggag, Darb 1718 culture
center, old Cairo, Cairo. and Belgium Ambassador’s house, curated by: Simon Njami, sub-curator: Elena Abbiatici, Giza, Egypt.
- 2015 “Peacock” live electronic music/video performance, New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
- 2015 “Chatting on the moon” electronic music performance, collaborative with Klaas Hubner, Darb 1718 culture center, old Cairo.
- 2014 “Peacock” live electronic music/video performance, ultima Oslo contemporary music festival, Oslo, Norway. and Curated Place gallery,
Manchester, UK.
- 2014 “Sicily Castle“ music performance collaborative with Katarzyna Sitarz and Klar Fender, Federico Castle, Sicily, Italy.
- 2013 “Fructose” live electronic music/video performance, 100copies Music Studio, Downtown, Cairo.
- 2013 “Color Blindness” live electronic music/performance collaborative with Amr Abdelaziz, Cairo Opera House, Cairo.
- 2013 “Art of Noise” live electronic music/video performance, 100copies Music Studio, Downtown, Cairo.
- 2012 “El Soultana” live electronic music/video performance, 100copies Music Studio, Downtown, Cairo, Egypt. / Centre D’Art I Natua,
Farrera, Cataluna, Spain. and Wekalet Behna, Alexandria, Egypt.
- 2012 “The Green Soldier” live electronic music/video performance, Centre D’Art I Natua, Farrera, Cataluna, Spain.
- 2011 “Theory Hotel” (second part from “Digital Pray” project) live electronic music/video performance, Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin, Germany.
- 2011 “RGB” live electronic music performance, “Text” exhibition, Darb 1718 Culture Center, Cairo.
- 2010 “Horizon” live electronic music/video performance, media art exhibition, the faculty of art education, Cairo.
- 2010 “XCS” live electronic music/video performance, media art exhibition, The Faculty of Art Education, Cairo.
- 2010 “Soft Hands” live electronic music performance, 100 Copies Live Electronic Music Festival #4 , Darb 17 18 Culture Center, Cairo.
- 2009 “Balady” live electronic music performance. Al-Makan exhibition, Mekias Khan contemporary art gallery, Om Kalthoum museum, Cairo.
- 2009 “El komsary” live electronic music/video performance, media art exhibition, The Faculty of Art Education, Cairo.

Solo Exhibitions:
- 2014 “Saints” video art, solo show, Curated Place Gallery, Manchester, UK.
- 2013 “Shoubra Line” sound/drawing installation with Mina Nasr, Art El Lewa Art Space, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2012 “Colored Oxygen” (third part from “Digital Pray” project), Saad Zaghloul Museum, Cairo, Egypt.

Group Exhibitions:
- 2018 “You can’t merge the color with the sun”, FAK’UGESI African Digital Innovation Festival, Johannesburg, south Africa
- 2018 "Bilateral", visual/sound installation, collaboration with Mohamed Ismail Shawky, Cairotronica exhibition, Palace of Art, Cairo Opera House.
- 2018 "Al Mujahed", Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh, Dakar Biennial, Senegal.
- 2018 "Sea sound" Yara Mekawei und Bruno Alder, KioskTabak, Zurich, Switzerland.
- 2017 "No One Is Illegal", SPACES 49º Grenzüberschreitungen Festival, IWALEWAHAUS Gallery, Bayreuth, Germany.
- 2017 “Peacock” video screening, Killjoy Collective, Portland, Oregon, USA.
- 2016 "Peacock", video/sound installation, Cairotronica exhibition, Palace of Art, Cairo Opera House.
- 2016 “The Breakfast 1”, electronic music installation, UQBAR Gallery, CTM Festival, Berlin, Germany.
- 2015 “Infrastructure 2”, electronic music installation, Modern Art from the Arab world exhibition, Algeria.
- 2015 “Virtual connections in smartphone time / Chandelier” electronic music installation, Ritornello exhibition, curated by:Kathrin Oberrauch, Darb 1718 Gallery, Old Cairo, Cairo.
- 2014 “Tilapia Talks” video art, Biennale Méditerranéenne d’art contemporain d’Oran, Algeria.
- 2014 “The Old House” sound installation collaborative with Alaa Abdel Hamid, Montalbano Di Licata, Sicily, Italy.
- 2013 “The Physics of Solids” sound installation, Ahmed Shawky Museum, Cairo.
- 2012 “Pharynx” sound installation, 23th Egyption Salon of Youth, Cairo Opera House, Cairo.
- 2011 “When my Nerves Drink” video art, “Text” exhibition, Darb 1718 Culture Center, Cairo.
- 2010 “Volume” video art tour in Lebanon, Palestine and Germany.
- 2010 “Infrastructure” (first part of “Digital Pray” project), sound installation, 22th Egyptian Salon of Youth, Cairo Opera House, awarded “Ahmed Basiony” Prize.
- 2010 “Shelf” video installation, “Uncovered” Exhibition, Darb 17 18 Culture Center, Cairo.
- 2010 “The Surface and I” Video Installation, 21th Egyption Salon of Youth, Cairo Opera House, Cairo.
- 2010 “pix_media” live interactive music/video, Media Hacking Workshop Exhibition, Ahmed Shawky Museum, Cairo.
- 2010 “The First Brain’s Story” short Comics Strips stories, Comics Strips exhibition, TownHouse Gallery, Cairo.
- 2010 “Memory at his service”, animation video art, animation video screening, Passage 35 Hall, Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo.
- 2009 “Theory 1”, video installation, Mekias Khan Gallery/ Om Kalthoum Museum, Cairo.
- 2009 “Soliman Pasha Street”, video/audio interactive project, Arduino and Pure Data workshop exhibition with programmer/ Sergi Lario and electronic engineer: Alex Posada, Rooftop Studios, The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
- 2009 “Need More Speed”, machinima video art, game art screening, zamalek, Cairo.
- 2008 “Station”, video art, video art screening, the faculty of Art Education, Cairo.
- 2008 “Illumination”, video art, video art screening, the faculty of Art Education, Cairo.
- 2007 “cafe”, video art, media art exhibition, the faculty of Art Education, Cairo.

!Curatorial Activities:
- 2015 Curator “Breakfast” contemporary art exhibition, Uqbar Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
- 2014 Curator "Saints" contemporary art exhibition, Curating Palace, Manchester, UK.
- 2013 Curator “Fair usage” contemporary art exhibition, Arthropologie Gallery, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2013 Curator “Sixth Floor” contemporary art exhibition, Veinnuas Hotel, Downtown, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2013 Curator “Noise from Cairo” sound art workshop/performance with Swiss artist: Joke Lanz, Pro Helvetia, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2012 Co-curator with Aida El Torai, The changing room exhibition, London, UK.
- 2011 Curator “Public Screen” video are screening project, Cairo, Frankfurt and London.
- 2011 Curator Bio-Art workshop with Anna Dumitriu, British Council, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2011 Curator “Text” contemporary art exhibition, Darb 1718 culture center, Cairo, Egypt.

Talks:
- 2018 Artist Talk, Pro Helvetia, Makan, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2017 What’s Your Favorite Conspiracy Theory?, Meeting Point 8, Mophradat, CIC, Cairo, Egypt.
- 2017 Artist Talk and Interview, Das Kapital Radio 88.2 Berlin and Potsdam, Germany.
- 2015 Artist Talk, «Seismographic Sounds - Visions of a New World», with Thomas Burkhater, Goethe-Institut Cairo, Egypt.
- 2015 Artist Talk, «Noise from Cairo», with Carlos Guedes, New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
- 2011 Artist Talk, «Noise from Cairo», with Simone Demmel, Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin, Germany.

Radio Broadcasting:
- Radio SUBMARINE / Egypt.
- NTS Radio / UK.
- Radio Nard / Palestine.
- Norient Radio/ Switzerland.
- Sechzig Audio Radio / Germany.
- Das Kapital / Germany.
- Radio Papesse / Italy.
- Trasformatorio / Netherlands.
- Free Lab Radio / Brighton.
- Six Pillars Radio / UK


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