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Ahmed Kamel was born in 1981 in Cairo, EG. He studied Photography and Moving Images at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, DE (Master’s degree 2014) and painting at Helwan University in Cairo, EG (BFA 2003). He took part in numerous film and photography workshops and was artist in residency at Mediamatic, Amsterdam, NL; ProHelvetia Bern, CH; NRW, Dusseldorf, DE and Amongst Neighbours, Istanbul, TR. Kamel has had solo and group exhibitions in the Middle East and Europe, including: Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo; The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo EG; Brandts Museet for Photo Art, Odense, DK; East Wing, Dubai, UAE and Folkwang Museum, Essen, DE. Ahmed Kamel lives and works in Cairo and Berlin since 2008.


Education
2012- 2014
Master’s degree, Photography and Moving Images
Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany
Professor, Tina Bara
1998-2003
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting Major
Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

Grants/Awards
2016-2017 The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Galleries Association of Berlin (LVBG), Germany
2010 Mediamatic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010 Prohelvetia, Progr, Bern, Switzerland
2009 Land NRW, Dusseldorf, Germany
2009 “Amongst Neighbours”, Istanbul, Turkey
2006 “Images of the Middle East”, Copenhagen, Denmark
2004 “Manhit El-Marasim”, Luxors art studios, Ministry of Culture, Egypt

Solo Exhibitions:
2018 “Did Not Happen”, zone E, Essen, Germany
2017 “Did Not Happen”, Rooftop Studio Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Berlin, Germany
2016 “Sight/Spiral”, Erstererster, Berlin, Germany
2015 “About Paradise/Repetitive Units”, Zone B Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2011 “Extension”, Cinéma les Variétés, Marseille, French
2010 “Local Star”, Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2010 “By law”, Marks blond, Bern, Switzerland
2010 “Spiral”, Stadtgalerie Progr, Bern, Switzerland
2009 “Shop-Abutting”, ArtElLewa, Cairo, Egypt
2008 “Home-the Self”, Institut francais d’Egypte (Le CFCC), Mounira, Cairo, Egypt

Group Exhibitions
2018 “1-54 Art Fair”, Katharina Maria Raab Gallery, New York, USA
2016 “Fragments of HiStories”, Neuer Sächsischer Kunstverein, Dresden, Germany
2016 Art Market Budapest, Ungarn
2015 “Wohin gehen wir”, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany
2014 “Cairo open city”, East Wing, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2014 “Arab Contemporary”, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
2013 “Alternative Nomadi”, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy
2013 “Cairo open city”, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
2013 “Twice”, HGB – Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany
2013 “Errors Allowed”, Mediterranea 16 – The Young Artist Biennial, Ancona, Italy
2013 “Cairo open city”, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
2013 “Prekär”, HGB – Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany
2012 “Cairo open city”, 5th European month of Photography, Berlin, Germany
2012 “Cairo open city”, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany
2012 “Cairo Documenta 2”, Viennoise Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
2011 “Shaabi” Serpentine Gallery, London, England
2011 “Funkenschlag”, OKK, Berlin, Germany
2011 “Propaganda by Monuments”, Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo, Egypt
2010 “Cairo Documenta”, Viennoise Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
2010 “Noord”, Mediamatic, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010 “20 years Mashrabia”, Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2009 “Invisible Presence”, Samaa Khana, Cairo, Egypt
2009 “Embedded Realities”, Kunstraum, Dusseldorf, Germany
2009 20th Youth Salon, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan
2009 “Under Constriction”, Hayaka arti, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 20th Cairo Youth Salon, Palace of Arts, Cairo, Egypt
2009 “Photocairo 4”, Brandts Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
2008 “Photocairo 4”, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2007 “Malash-Kairo”, Meinblau Kunst & Atelierhaus, Berlin, Germany
2007 “A Face In Cairo”, Falaki Galley, The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt
2007 “Cartography”, Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo, Egypt
2004 5th Nile Salon, Palace of Arts, Cairo Opera House, Egypt
2004 “Pick 2”, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2002 “Obligatory Direction”, Cordoba Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Museums:
2014 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
2013 Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
2013 Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
2012 Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig, Germany
2009 Brandts Museum for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark