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.
2018/19 MASS Alexandria program for contemporary arts, Alexandria, Egypt.
2011 Bachelor Degree in Applied Arts, Helwan University, Product Design Department.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 ARIM residency (Distant residency) – Amsterdam.
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