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Susan Hefuna


Susan Hefuna was born in Germany in 1962 and lives and works in Egypt, Germany and New York City.



Hefuna has exhibited extensively internationally. Groups shows include "Arabicity/Ourouba" at the MEI, Washington DC, USA (2019); "Common Grounds", Museum Villa Stuck, Munich (2015); "Contemporary Art of the middle East", LACMA, LA, USA; "Extending the Line", IDEA Space, Colorado College, USA; and "Bibliothecaphilia", MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, USA. Solo shows for 2014 include "Drawings" at the Osthaus Museum, Hagen and "Another Place" at the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; other recent solo shows include "Rasm", at Rose Issa Projects, London (2013); "Vantages", MAD Museum, New York, (2012-13); "Susan Hefuna", Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago (2012); "I Love Egypt-a temporary learning Camp“ at Speakers’ Corner, London (2011), Comissioned by Serpentine Gallery, London and Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; Edgware Road@Cairo 2010/1431, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2010); "Ana: of Dreams, Patience and Realisation", Rose Issa Projects, London (2010); Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna; “Wien 1431/2010”, Intervention at Belvedere, Vienna; Gallery Paul Kasmin, New York; MUMOK, Vienna; and the Freud Museum, Vienna.

Further solo shows include “Susan Hefuna: Mapping Wien”, Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna (2009); “Hefuna/Hefuna”, Gallery Volker Diehl, Berlin (2009); “Patience is Beautiful”, The Third Line Gallery Dubai (2008); "Susan Hefuna", ACAF, Alexandria (2008); “Knowledge is Sweeter than Honey”, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2007); "ANA/ICH", Kunstkasten, Wintherthur (2007); "X Cultural Codes", Townhouse Gallery Cairo and Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool (both 2004); Stadtgalerie, Saarbruecken, Germany (2004); Kunstverein Heidelberg, Germany (2004); Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Germany (2004); “Ventanas: La Vida en el Delta”, Vacio 9 Gallery, Madrid (2002); “Susan Hefuna”, Kunstverein Lippstadt (2000); Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2000) and “Navigation X Cultural”, National Gallery, Cape Town (2000).

Recent group exhibitions include "Common Grounds", Villa Stuck Museum, Munich, Germany (2015); "Area Code", Kemper Museum, USA (2014); "Abstract Drawing" at the Drawing Room, London; other recent group shows include "Area Code", Kemper Museum, USA (2013-14); "Safar/Voyoage", MOA, Museum of Antropology, Vancouver (2013); “Suwar: pictorial representations from the Arab world” and “Re-Orientations II”, Rose Issa Projects, London (2012); "Encounter", Katara Arts Center, Quatar, Doha (2012/13); "Systems and Patterns" , International Centre of Graphic Arts of Ljubljana, (2012); Sydney Biennale, Australia (2012); "On the Edgware Road", Serpentine Gallery, London (2011); "Wunder", Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2011); "Typo Kunst", Museum für Druckkunst. Leipzig (2011); "Contemporary Eye: Crossovers", Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2011); "Project Europa", Columbia University, New York (2011); "Wunder" at the Halle fur Aktuelle Kunst, Hamburg (2011); "On Line: Drawing Through the 20th Century" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); "Arabicity" curated by Rose Issa Projects at the Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon and "Arabicity - Such a Near East" curated by Rose Issa Projects at the Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool (2010); “Susan Hefuna - Bharti Kher - Fred Tomaselli”, at Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2010); the Photobiennale, Thessaloniki, Greece; "The Edgware Road Project" at The Serpentine, London (2010); “Imagining the (im)possible”, at Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville (2010); and "Miragens", a touring exhibition at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília (2010-11); “Fare Mondi”, at the Venice Biennale (2009); “Taswir - Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity”, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2009); “Africaines”, Second Pan-African Festival, Algiers (2009); V&A Museum, London (2009); “Reorientations: Contemporary Arab Representations”, Rose Issa Projects at the European Parliament, Brussels (2008); “Manifesto Marathon”, Serpentine Gallery, London (2008); Seville Biennale, Spain (2008); “Museum as Hub: Antikhana”, New Museum, New York City (2008); “Word into Art”, DIFC Dubai (2008) and British Museum, London (2006); Museum of Modern Art, Algiers (2007); The Second Riwaq Biennale (2007); Sharjah Biennale, UAE (2007); “Lasting Foundations”, California African American Museum, Los Angeles (which toured to the National Building Museum, Washington DC; Chicago Cultural Centre; and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, 2006-2007); “Trans Cape”, Cape Town, South Africa (2007); Flashback/Forward, Dubai Properties (2006); “Regards des Photographes Arabes Contemporains”, GL Strand Museum, Copenhagen (2006) and Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris (2005/2006); “19 Views: Contemporary Arab Photography”, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo of Seville, Spain (2006); “From Egypt with Love”, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai (2006); “Nomads of Nowadays”, Lazina Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland (2006); Bulgaria Biennale (2006); “Neterotopia”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); “Zelle 05: Kreuzungen”, Kloster Altzella, Germany (2005); Prague Biennale, Czech Republic (2005); “X Cultural Codes”, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool (2004); “Contrepoints”, Louvre, Paris (2004/2005); Neue Galerie am Joanneum, Graz (2004); Fototage, Wiesbaden (2004); ArteEast Gallery,  New York City (2004); Photo Cairo, Egypt (2003); "Rencontres: Photo Biennale Bamako", Mali (2003); “Fantaisies du Harem et les Nouvelles Schéhérazades”, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Lyon, France and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain (2003); Via Fenestra, St. Marienkirche, Frankfurt/Oder (2003); “DisORIENTation”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2003); “Shatat - Scattered Belongings”, Colorado University Galleries, Boulder (2003); “What about Hegel (And You)?”, Galerie Brigitte March, Stuttgart (2002); “Mapping the Process”, Sharon Essor Gallery, London (2002); “Photographie a la carte!”, Centre PasquArt, Biel, Switzerland (2002); “Four Women, Four Views: Made in Egypt”, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2002); “Vor-Sicht/Rueck-Sicht”, Eighth Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany (2001); “Unpacking Europe”, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2001); Al Nitaq, Cairo (2001) and the Cairo Biennale, Egypt (1998), for which she won the Cairo Biennial International Award.

Recently Hefuna has been awarded the Daniel and Florence Guerlain Contemporary drawing Prize, Paris.

Susan Hefuna’s work is in several public collections, including The British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; MoMa, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Chicago Art Institute, USA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; CU Galleries, University of Colorado, Boulder; Pompidou, Paris, France; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Dior, Paris; the Louvre, Paris; HH Sheika Salama Collection, Abu Dhabi; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Sharjah Art Museum, UAE; DIFC, Dubai; Farjam Collection, Dubai; Groupe Lhoist Collection, Limelette, Belgium; Burger Collection, Zurich & Hong Kong; Neue Galerie am Joanneum, Graz, Austria; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.

Recent publications include Pars Pro Toto III by Hans Ulrich Obrist (Kehrer Verlag, 2014); Between the Worlds: Susan Hefuna - Bharti Kher - Fred Tomaselli (Kehrer Verlag, 2010);  Susan Hefuna: Pars Pro Toto (2008) and Susan Hefuna: Pars Pro Toto II (2009), both edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist (Kehrer Verlag, £58); and Susan Hefuna: X Cultural Codes, with essays by Bryan Biggs, Rose Issa, Tracy Murinik et al (Kehrer Verlag, 2004, £28).


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