Born in 1988, Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.

Rania Atef is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose work explores the infrastructure of the social and political implications that affects human behavior and attitude. She focuses on the (in)visible standards during her attempts to find answers through building the structure of observations that belong to present experiences or social and historic narratives. During the process, she digs deep the fine layers between the consciousness and sub-consciousness, while seeking to dissect, dismantle and rebuild elements and contexts in a way that is reflected in her practice through presenting the notion of play across text, sculpture, installations, video and multidisciplinary work.

She obtained her BA in Product Design from the faculty of Applied Arts (2011) and finished her study in MASS Alexandria 2018/2019 program for Contemporary Art in (2019). She has participated in a number of local/international exhibitions and festivals in Egypt, The Netherlands, India, and South Africa.

 

Education

Present  TASAWAR Curatorial Studies, Tunis.

2018/19   MASS Alexandria program for contemporary arts, Alexandria, Egypt. 

2011          Bachelor Degree in Applied Arts, Helwan University, Product Design Department.

Grants/ Awards

2020       AFAC- Arab fund for arts and culture- support artist fund.

2020       BOZAR- Beethoven: A World Theatre production grant, Brussels, Belgium.

2020       Warehouse421- project revival fund, UAE.

2020       Artist At Work- Production grant, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine.

2020       Mother Art Prize - Shortlist, London, UK.

2019        Gender Bender Grant- a joint project of the Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan and Sandbox Collective, Bangalore, India. 

2019        Culture Resource- Wijhat International mobility fund for artists and cultural actors.

2019        Roberto Cimetta fund/ Biennale Warszawa.

2019        Dutch Embassy in Cairo - Travel Grant.

Art Events/ Talks

2019        Artist Talk at The Jordan national gallery of fine arts, Amman, Jordan.

2019        Participating in Biennale Warsaw - Public Program, Poland.

2019        Participating as an artist correspondent for QAYYEM - Program in curatorial research, initiated by MASS Alexandria and co-organized alongside the MMAG Foundation and Atelier Kissaria, in collaboration with the Allianz Cultural Foundation and the Goethe-Institut Alexandria, Amman, Jordan.

2019        Artist Talk at AdelheidZina Artspace in Collaboration with Dutch Culture in Amsterdam, NL. 

2019        Artist talk at Upominki in collaboration with M/OTHER VOICES, Rotterdam, NL.

2018        Participated in Tashweesh Festival funded by Goethe Institute, Cairo, Egypt.

Group Exhibitions

2020     Beethoven: A world Theatre by BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium. (Upcoming)

2020     Video screening at Tetuhi Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand. (Upcoming)

2020      LICHTBLICK video exhibition at Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany.

2020      The Artist At Work group exhibition curated by Noor Abed, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Ramallah, Palestine.  

2019       End Of Year group exhibition curated by Wael Shawky and Berit Schuck, Alexandria, Egypt.            

2019       In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts film, represented by MASS Alexandria in the public program of Les Rencontres Des Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographies.

2019       Switch Contemporary video project by Triona Ryan and Harald Turek, Nenagh, Co.Tipperary, Ireland.

2019       IN/OUT Festival at the Jordan National Gallery, curated by Rocío Villalonga, Amman, Jordan. 

2019       Under the Raintree Festival, Bangalore, India.

2019       Gender Bender group exhibition by Goethe-Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan and Sandbox Collective, Bangalore,  India.

2019       Ping- Pong group exhibition at Goethe Institute in Cairo, Egypt. 

2019       Roznama 7th edition by Medrar, Cairo, Egypt. 

2019       The wrecking and healing of postnatal body exhibition as part of "Too much here and barely-there" project by Annabel Kanaar, funded by Mondrian Fonds, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2018       My favorite things 3 group exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

2018       Petites Urbanités Libres public art exhibition, funded by the French Institute in Egypt, the French Institute in Paris, Mitchell Jr. Shipping Co., Alliance Francaise de Portsaid, and Egypt Public library, Portsaid, Egypt.  

2017       Group exhibition at Yellow Umbrella for ink illustrations, Cairo, Egypt.

2017       From Rags To Riches (FRTR)Group exhibition of FRTR project, the Corner Shop in Kodak Passageway, Cairo, Egypt.

2016       From Rags To Riches (FRTR) exhibition, curated by Mashrabia Gallery, organized by Baad Elbahr, funded by the Swiss embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

2016       Log in Exhibition, Darb 1718, curated by Moataz Nasreldin, Cairo, Egypt.

2016       THAT ART FAIR Exhibition, Cape Town, South Africa.

2015       Group exhibition held by the French Institute in Cairo in Journées animées festival.

Publications

2020     What if someone made boats from the paper instead of writing?!” text as part of the “Chatrooms: On Curating space” project by Engy Mohsen and Sarah Maher, edited by Nour El Safoury.  

Workshops

2018       Ping Pong workshops, ADEF , Cairo, Egypt.

2018       Petites Urbanites Libres – by Ktha Cie (Paris), Portsaid, Egypt.

2018       Stop motion puppet making- Mokaabat Studio.

2017       Collage techniques by Hany Rashed – Le place des arts.

2015       Storyboard workshop by Ayman Al-Zorkany- French Institute in Cairo.

2015       Stop motion techniques by Lisa Klemenz– Cinema institute.

2015       Creating Public Art from Up-cycled materials- Mahshrabia Gallery

2014       Masks of Cinema & Theatre by Sabry Zekri.

2013       Recycled Puppets & Masks by Jenna Crowder – Darb 1718

Residency

2017    ARIM residency (Distant residency) – Amsterdam.

Text

Mada Masr by Ash Moniz, MASS Alexandria group exhibition.

Leiden Arts In society by Annabel Kanaar writing about “Too much here and barely-there” project.

Nenagh Guardian  Switch Art project

Why Egypt’s modern art is much more than just rubbish by Alessandra Bajec.

Middle East Eye  FRTR Project

Egypt Today Log in Exhibition at DARB 1718

 © 2020 by Rania Atef 

 Cairo, Egypt

rania.a.nasser@gmail.com

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