Visual Artist

Biography

Mina Nasr talks about changes on what occupies society under its current socio-political happenings. He is an observer of contemporary society documenting and manifesting ideas of cohabitation by addressing issues about the culture, its community and the sort of problems it faces on a daily basis.
Nasr demonstrates the human condition in the body structure and how it relates to the architecture of its surroundings, His works are characterized by unconventional forms where he reshapes the human body according to the conditions it is offered in. Whether whilst waiting in line to vote, or sitting in a metro waiting to get home; he observes the details of what each figure will be expressing during that single moment in time, and then re-adapts it to a life-size format.
Reflected in his works, using black and white strokes to his paintings, also defines the strengths of how each moment paradoxically confronts an alternative force. Be it power and control confronted by freedom and liberty; Nasr adapts his freehand paintings onto the walls and experiences the space according to its intentions. The implementation of his works comprises of drawing, computer graphics and installations.
Text: Aida Eltorie

 

Born in 1983 in Cairo, Egypt.
Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.

EDUCATION:
2000 – 2005 B.A. Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

RESIDENCIES:
2017 Jiwar Creation and Society, Barcelona, Spain.
2017 arTwins in Open Spaces, The European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017, Pafos, Cyprus.
2016 Mosan Art Museum, Gaehwa Art Park, Boryeong, Chungnam, South Korea.
2015 ORYX Foundation & AB Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland.
2014 Pro Helvetia Art Residency program (Swiss Art Council), Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland.
2012 The Artist Exchange with El Centre d’Art i Natura (CAN) and Artellewa, Farrera, Spain.
2011 – 2014 The Rooftop Studio (a local residency program for Egyptian artists) The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 The Residency Award from the 51st Pioneers exhibition to Egyptian Art Academic in Rome, Italy.
2010 The Residency Award from Youth Salon 21st to Siwa Studios, Siwa, Egypt.
2009 The Residency Award from the 49th Pioneers exhibition to Luxor International Studios, Luxor, Egypt.

AWARDS / GRANTS:
2016 Residency Award, Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.
2016 The Roberto Cimetta Fund, mobility grant call RCF/ Valletta 2018.
2015 Travel and production grant, moving MENA program, Goethe-Institut, Berlin, Germany.
2015 Travel Grant, Egyptian Culture Ministry to Beijing, China.
2014 Residency Grant, Pro-Helvetia Swiss Arts Council.
2012 Travel Grant, Egyptian Culture Ministry to Beijing, China.
2011 The First award in drawing, 51th Pioneers Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt.
2010 An award in drawing, 50th Pioneers Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt.
2009 An award in drawing, 49th Pioneers Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt.
2007 An award in drawing, 47th Pioneers Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt.
2006 An award in drawing, 46th Pioneers Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 Encouragement Award, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 The 5th award, Organized competition by the Health Ministry, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 2nd prize in sculpture, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 An award in drawing, 45th Pioneers Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt.

WORKSHOPS:
2014 Connected, Bernau schwarzwald, Germany. (curated by Christel Steier)
2011 Bioart, Cairo, Egypt. (curated by Anna Dumitriu)
2010 Cairo art, Cairo, Egypt. (curated by Salvador Gómez)
2010 International Painting Symposium, Patra, Greece.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Conflict History, Distrito de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
2014 Movement, AB Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland.
2014 Movement, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland.
2014 Auto Ignition, RomeroHaus, Luzern, Switzerland.
2012 Here and There, El Centre d’Art i Natura, Farrera, Catalonia, Spain.

PROJECTS:
2017 arTwins, Collaborate Project with Japanese architect Kazuhiro Yajima, The European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017, Pafos, Cyprus.
2016 The Breakfast, a collaborative installation with Yara Mekawei, CTM Festival, Uqbar Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2012 Shubra Line, a collaborative installation with Yara Mekawei, Artellewa, Giza, Egypt.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2016 Mosan Art Museum, Gaehwa Art Park, Boryeong, Chungnam, South Korea.
2016 Debunking Orientalism Exhibition, Syra Art Gallery & The Untitled Space, NYC, USA.
2015 The 6th International Beijing Biennale, Chinese National Museum, Beijing, China.
2015 The Exhibition ‘‘There Are Too Many Walls But Not Enough Bridges” at the Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil, Zurich, Switzerland.
2015 Cairo Exhibition, AB Gallery, Luzern, Switzerland.
2014 The Gioconda Project, W3 Gallery, London, UK.
2013 The 24th Youth Salon, Palace of arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2013 Sixth Floor Group Art exhibition, Viennoise Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 Long Live Free Art, Art Talks Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 The 23th Youth Salon, Palace of arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 The 5th International Beijing Biennale, Chinese National Museum, Beijing, China.
2012 The Holy family festival, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 The 52th Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 El Fan Medan Exhibition, Abdeen Square, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 The art exhibition “Visionary Africa: Art at Work”, The project is a collaboration between Delegation of the European Union and the Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), Cairo, Egypt. (Curated by Simon Njami)
2012 Universal Sapience, Exhibition Project in Goethe Institut Freiburg on Goethe’s 50th anniversary, Germany. (curated by Christel Steier)
2011 The 22nd Youth Salon, Palace of arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 The Exhibition “PULSE” a Group Show of 47 Young Artists, Tache Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 The Mail Art International Exhibition “Imaginaire and Illusion”, Romania.
2011 Text Contemporary Conceptual Art Exhibition, Darb 17 18, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 The BLACKBOARD, Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 The small art works, Today Exhibition, Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 The 51st Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2011 The Popular show, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2010 Workshop & exhibition 3rd Festival Graffiti art, Cairo, Egypt.
2010 The small artworks market, Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2010 The 21st Youth Salon, Palace of arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2010 The 50th Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2009 The 7th Salon el Nile Photographic, Cairo, Egypt.
2009 Marasem Luxor Exhibition, Luxor, Egypt.
2009 The 49th Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2008 Ogilvy advertising agency talent show exhibition, London, UK.
2008 Workshop & exhibition 2nd Festival Graffiti art, Cairo, Egypt.
2008 The 48th Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2008 CD Exhibition, Francophone Academy, Cairo, Egypt.
2008 The 19th Youth Salon, Palace of arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2007 The Rateb Sedek Competition, Cairo Atelier, Cairo, Egypt.
2007 Workshop & exhibition Festival Graffiti art, Cairo, Egypt.
2007 The 47th Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2007 The 18th Youth Salon, Palace of arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2006 The 46th Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 Light of the Shape, 2nd session, Art Palace Opera house, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 The 17th Youth Salon, Palace of arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 Sculpture exhibition on the level of Ministry of Youth in Cairo, Egypt.
2005 Sculpture exhibition, Helwan university, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 The 45th Pioneers exhibition, Association of Fine Arts Lovers, Cairo, Egypt.
2002 Sculpture exhibition, Helwan university, Cairo, Egypt.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS / CATALOGUES:
2017 Jiwar i Africa Centre mostren a l’OAC la instal·lació de l’artista egipci Mina Nasr, L’Independent de Gràcia Newspaper, June 16 issue, Article by Silvia Manzanera, Barcelona. Spain.
2017 Mina Nasr, nou artista a Àfrica Centre 2017, bonart.cat, Barcelona. Spain.
2016 Cairo Calling, L’underground in Egitto prima e dopo la rivoluzione, Author Claudia Galal, Milan, Italy.
2015 “10 Egyptian Artists You Should Know About “, Egypt Today magazine, October issue, Article by Dominika Maslikowski, Cairo, Egypt.
2015 The Exhibition Catalogue 6th International Beijing Biennale, Chinese National Museum, Beijing, China.
2015 The Exhibition Catalogue and Publication ‘‘There Are Too Many Walls But Not Enough Bridges” at the Kunst(Zeug) Haus Rapperswil, Zurich, Switzerland.
2012 The Exhibition Catalogue 5th International Beijing Biennale, Chinese National Museum, Beijing, China.
2012 The Exhibition Publication Shubra Line, Al Hayat Newspaper, April 19 issue, Article by Yasser Sultan, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 The Exhibition Catalogue Long Live Free Art, Art Talks Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2012 Publication of The art exhibition “Visionary Africa: Art at Work”, Cairo, Egypt.

INTERVIEWS:
2017 Mina Nasr: “La Revolució Egípcia va canviar la meva manera d’entendre l’art”, nuvol.com, July issue, Interview with Clàudia Rius, Barcelona, Spain.
2015 The local renaissance twice banned by the government, Daily News Egypt, April issue, Interview with Nayera Yasser, Cairo, Egypt.
2014 Art Imitating Life Imitating Art, Cairoscene.com, Interview with Joana Saba, Cairo, Egypt.
2014 Arte e rivoluzione al Cairo, l’incontro con Mina Nasr, Corriere.it, Interview with Claudia Galal, Milan, Italy.
2013 The Struggles of a Society, cairoartblog.com, Interview with Aida Nasr, Cairo, Egypt.

TALKS:
2017 Drawing Society, Altair Librería, Barcelona, Spain.
2016 Mosan Art Museum, Gaehwa Art Park, Boryeong, Chungnam, South Korea.
2015 Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil, Zurich, Switzerland.

SCREENINGS:
2013 New Voices, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK.

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