(b.1991) a multidisciplinary artist, based in Cairo, Egypt.
Yasmine El Meleegy probes existential questions and personal emotional triggers in her sculptural, video
and multimedia installations.
She delves into the many connotations of (re)construction to explore the essence of production,
infrastructures, and renovation as she views them in the context of architecture, monuments, public and
private spaces. The artist investigates the ways in which renovation attempts will inevitably result in
reconstructions, while highlighting the contrasts and discrepancies of this process. Is renovation a way
to bring the past into the future? What is gained, lost or revealed during a process of renovation?
In her work she compares and contrasts the process of renovating with that of healing, blurring the lines
between personal and non-personal, while toying with the paradoxes of fragility and strength. Her
practice becomes one that constantly looks in on itself as it evolves through cycles of excavation,
restoration, and creation.
She seeks to assemble installations that function metaphorically, as they engage with the space of
exhibiting, and in turn with the viewer’s experience. Her displays form a meeting point between herself
and others, a space between her memories/emotions and theirs, where they might share the same
questions or new ones.
Her approach is playful, explorative, and introspective as she reconstructs objects from daily life that
embody those various questions. Her hands-on studio process mirrors her central themes. An artist who
thinks with her hands, her process is seeped in materiality, following an intuitive exploration through
rigorous production and the handling of different mediums. From plaster to glass, wax to cement, the
medium will tell the story alongside the object in it’s space.
2019/20 Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program (HWP) 2019-20.
2016/7 Mass Alexandria Independent Study Program, Alexandria, Egypt.
2013/4 Diploma in Multi Media, ESBAN Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nimes, France. (funded by the Institut français and the Ministry of Culture and Communication and under the supervision of the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. CAMPUS FRANCE.)
2008/2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major: Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Helwan. Cairo, Egypt.
2018 ''Rites of Passage'' at Townhouse Factory,Cairo,Egypt.
2013 ''Without Oxygen'' at ESBAN Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nimes, France.
2019: AFAC Visual Arts Grant.
2019: Art Omi-American Dream Fellowship.
2018: Production grant, Pro Helvetia, (Swiss Arts Council).
2017/2018: Production grant from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for Artists.
2016/2017: Mophradat Grants for Artists (production).
2014: The Prize of the 25th Youth Salon, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt.
2013: The Prize of Egyptian Academy in Rome, The 24th Youth Salon, Cairo, Egypt.
2013: Artist Salah Taher's Award from Societe des Amis de L’art, Cairo, Egypt.
2009: The Painting Encouragement Award, University of Helwan, Cairo, Egypt.
RESIDENCIES – WORKSHOP
2019 Art Omi Residency, NY, USA.
2018 Residency grant, Pro Helvetia, (Swiss Arts Council).
2017 Do-it بالعربي ''Dwell Workshop with architect Ahmed Zazaa at Townhouse Factory,Cairo,Egypt.
2015 Indisciplinarte Residency program by CAOS Museum in Terni, Italy in collaboration with BJCEM Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale.
2015 North and South Residency, Coordinated by the Alexandria Bibliotheca, funded by European Union.
2015 Residency in the Egyptian Academy in Rome through The prize of 24th Youth Salon, Rome, Italy.
2015 Detour Workshop, Coordinated by Videonale v.o Festival and Nabta Art Center, Egypt/Germany/Italy.
2013 L’historie Photography Workshop with Artist Arno Gisinger in Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nimes, France.
2013 Paysage Workshop with Artist Jiango Ann in Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nimes, France.
2013 HIC Workshop with Professor Brigitte bauer and Professor Jean Marc Cerino. Mende, France.
2012 International Land Art Residency program, Curated by Professor Stuart Frost, Sang, Ghana. ( funded by The Ministry of Culture of Egypt ).
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Where Is The Fun In Contemporary Art? At Cairo Gas. Curated by 28 Curatorial Collective.
2019 Reimagined Narratives: From Spatial Memory to Mapping the Future, AlMu'iz st.,Cairo,Egypt.
2019 Meetings festival, Thorsminde, Denmark.
2019 Roznama 7, Medrar Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2018 ‘'Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms’' at the Manial Palace Cairo,Egypt.
2018 Regionale 19 at Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal,Switzerland. Curated by Kitty Schaertlin and Urs Aeschbach.
2018 International season exhibition,Atelier Mondial salon,Basel, Switzerland.
2018 Unframed Festival, Berlin, Germany.
2017 The Nest Festival at Al Riwaq Art Space,Bahrain.
2017 “Very Sustainable--Environmental Revelation” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan,China. Curated by Suchen Hsieh.
2017 “Topophilia exhibition” curated by Amanda KM and Eto Otitigbe as part of MEETINGS festival. Nees,Denmark.
2017 ‘’Urban Implosion’’Acc Arts Space Network Exhibition, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea. Curated by Gimo Yi.
2017 Do-it بالعربي, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt. Curated by the Townhouse Gallery as an iteration of the ongoing “do it” publication and exhibition project originally conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
2016 MASS Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt. Curated by Wael Shawky and Berit Schuck
2016 ‘’Something to Generate From’’ curated by Madrassa Collective at Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark
2016 12th Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal.
2016 Breakfast in Beirut, Art Festival curated by Daniel Buso and Enas El Korashy. Villorba, Italy.
2015 The inauguration exhibition" at Made in., Art Gallery in Venice,Italy.
2015 Cairo off Biennale: Something Else, Darb 1718 for the Contemporary Culture & Arts, Cairo, Egypt. Curated by Simon Njami.
2015 Bjcem Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy. Curated by Andrea Bruciati.
2015 Roznama, Medrar art center, Cairo, Egypt.
2015 Kunstwerk Carlshütte. Nordart, Büdelsdorf, Germany.
2015 Kevät Egyptistä, Exhibition in Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland.
2015 Africa is now, Art Fair Cape Town, South Africa.
2015 Detour Exhibition, Videonale v.o Festival, Egypt/ Germany/ Italy.
2014 25th Youth Salon, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt.
2014 Cactus borders, Solo performance At ElFan Midan, organized by Darb 1718 for the Contemporary Culture & Arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2014 Have A Peaceful Day, Saad Zaghlool Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2014 Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Nordart, Büdelsdorf, Germany.
2014 MASPERO II, Darb 1718 For Contemporary Culture & Arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2013 The 24th Youth Salon, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt.
2013 Disconnected, Societe Des Amis de L’art, Cairo, Egypt.
2013 l’historie Photography Exhibition, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nimes, France.
2013 HIC Exhibition, Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nimes. Mende, France.
2012 International Land Art, Curated by Professor Stuart Frost, Sang, Ghana.
2011 International Art Meet (ICCR), Kolkata, India.
2011 The 22nd Youth Salon, Cairo, Egypt.
TALKS / PRESENTATIONS
2018: AIR Talks #2 Pro Helvetia-Swiss Council at Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts-Makan
2018: Artist Talk, Townhouse factory ''Rites Of Passage'' Exhibition,Cairo,Egypt.
2016: Mass Alexandria PreMaster’s program, Alexandria, Egypt.2016/2017.
2015: Artist Talk, Äkkigalleria ''Kevät Egyptistä'' Exhibition, Jyväskylä, Finland.
2014: Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
2014: 24th Youth Salon, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt.
2013: ESBAN école supérieure des beaux arts de Nimes, France.
Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA Yinchuan,China.
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ARTFORUM, Issue May 2018, By Dan Jakubowski.
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