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nermine hammam

Nermine Hammam was born in Cairo in 1967, moved to England in 1979 and moved to America in 1985 where she graduated with a BFA in Filmmaking from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1989. She started her career in the film industry working with American film production company Simon & Goodman and renowned Egyptian film director Youssef Chahine and then worked for many years as a graphic designer before devoting herself to photography. She is known for using painting and photographic techniques to create distinctive prints. Her subjects tend to be individuals in states of abandonment or altered consciousness, whether from transcendental spiritual ceremonies or quotidian encounters.


Hammam now lives between London and Cairo and exhibits extensively internationally. Forthcoming exhibitions include "Wetiko", her first solo show at Rose Issa Projects, London (2014), the group shows "The King¹s Peace: Realism and War" at Stills ­ Scotland¹s Centre for Photography, Edinburgh (2014) and "Confluence: Contemporary Photography and Video Installation from the Arab World", VCU Qatar, Doha (2014).

Her most recent solo shows include "Wetiko: Cowboys and Indigenes" at Rose issa Projects, London (2014); "Cairo, Year One", The Mosaic Rooms in association with Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); "Anachrony", Safarkhan Gallery, Cairo (2010); "Metanoia", the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2010); Parco Horcynus Orca, Messina, Italy (2009); "Escaton", the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2009); "Palimpsest", Opera House, Cairo and the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (both 2007); "Ashoura", the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo and Artmenparis, Paris (both 2006); ‘Apotheosis’, Karim Francis Gallery, Cairo (2005); "Metamorphosis", Espace SD, Beirut (2004); and "Portrait", Hanager Arts Center, Cairo (2001).

Recent group shows include "Open Your Eyes", Rose Issa Projects, London (2014); "View from Inside", Houston Fotofest, Texas (2014); "Power! Photos! Freedom!", at the FotoMuseum, Antwep and CAN, Luxembourg (2013-14); "She who tells a story", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013-14);; "Light of the Middle East" at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Lodnon (2012); "Suwar: pictorial representations from the Middle East", and "Re-Orientations II", Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); "Arab Changing Room", Venice (2011); "Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie de Bamako", Musée National du Mali (2011); "Art Absolument", Paris (2011); "Land of the Hyper-real", Havana (2010); Photo Biennale, Thessaloniki (2010); "Act of Faith", Abdijmuseum Ten Duinen, Koksijde, Belgium (2010); "Il Corpus Homanus", Almasar Gallery, Cairo (2009); 10th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador (2009); "Photoquai", Museum de Quai Branly, Paris (2009); "The Blow Out", The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai (2009); Athens Photo Festival (2008); "Places and Manners of Worship", The Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki (2008); "Act of Faith", Der Aa-kerk, Groningen, the Netherlands (2007); "Cairo Modern Art", AFAS Circustheatre, the Netherlands (2003); and "Photo Cairo" (2002) and "Mitigation" (2001), at the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2001).

Her work features in the following publications: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, by Kristen Gresh. Foreword by Michket Krifa (MFA Publications, 2014); Cairo Year One, Edited by Rose Issa (Al Qattan Foundation & Rose Issa Projects, 2012); Arab Photography Now Edited by Rose Issa and Michket Krifa (Kehrer, 2011); Exposures, Photography and Egypt by Maria Golia (Reaktion Books, 2010); Egitto By Martina Corgnati (Mesogea, 2009); and Modern Egyptian Art by Lilian Karnouk (AUC, 2005)

Her work is in public and private collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam and Parco Horcynus Orca in Messina, Italy.

WÉTIKO (2014)

cairo year one (2012)

cairo/texas: A photographer's diary (2014)
nermine hammam:
cairo year one


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