About me

BIOGRAPHY


 Born in Egypt (1967), Nermine Hammam is an Egyptian photo artist, living and working in London. As an artist, she photographs the world and then alters the images she captures:  her works are intricate composites of layered images and symbols, transformed through the prism of an aesthetic that combines digital manipulation and painting to form a rich and highly personal tapestry.


Hammam obtained her BFA in filmmaking from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, going on to work with Simon & Goodman and renowned film director Youssef Chahine. In images that pay homage to artists such as Diane Arbus and the Russian filmmaker, Tarkovsky, Hammam seeks out individuals in states of abandonment, marginalization or altered states of consciousness, relentlessly uncovering the vulnerability behind the mask, the frailty behind the gun and the hidden power structures within the family unit. Strongly influenced her background in filmmaking, her images form sequential narratives, like the stills of a film, related in time and space.


Concerned with the subjective nature of reality, Hammam subverts the stereotype, unmasking it, in all its two-dimensionality, forcing us to question the limits of images we hold in our minds and mistake for truth.  She forages the belly our collective subconscious, playing with the shared symbols from which we draw sustenance and comfort. In her work, the mass produced-image of Stalin clasps Christ, armed with a gun, in an overall pose reminiscent of Madonna and Child. Stereotypes of gender or military might become meaningless signifiers in images that attribute true power to a balance between opposing energies of the universe. Like voodoo dolls, her warrior women, the successors of Egypt’s ancient goddess, Ma’at, evoke the transformative power of art, a ritualistic call for the restoration of order and harmony. In Hammam’s work ‘stasis’ is represented as a beguiling but impossible Utopia. Instead, she engages with that constant state of flux, at work within us and around us. Hers is a celebration of archaic symbology that points to ancient truths, lying concealed, just beneath the thin veneer of politics, ideology, and religion. 


Nermine Hammam’s work is widely exhibited and has been included in public and private collections around the world. This includes international biennales such as the Bamako Biennale for Photography, in Mali (2011), X Biennale, Cuenca Ecuador (2009), and Photo Biennale, Thessaloniki (2009). Over the past decade, her work has been shown in more than fifty international exhibitions, both solo and collective, around the world.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014

“Wetiko Cowboys & Indigenes”

Rose Issa Projects, London


2012

Cairo Year One”

 Mosaic Rooms in association with Rose Issa Projects, London 

“Anachrony”

Safarkhan Gallery, Cairo


2011

 

“Anachrony”

IF Gallery, Paris


201

Metanoia”

Townhouse Gallery, Cairo


2009 

Metanoia”

Parco Horcynus Orca, Messina, Italy

“Escaton”

Townhouse Gallery, Cairo


2007 

Palimpsest”

Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

 “Retrospective”

The Sultan Gallery, Kuwai 

2006

Ashoura”

Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

“Artmenparis”

Paris

2005

Apotheosis”

Karim Francis Gallery, Cairo

2004

Metamorphosis”

Espace SD, Beirut


2001

Portraits”

Hanager Art Center, Cairo

“Mitigation”

Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

  

GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017

 

“Being Rebellious: Narratives Women’s Narratives in the Arab World”

IVAM Institut Valencià d'Art Modern

We Shout and Shout, But No One Listens: Art from Conflict Zones”

CAMP / Center for Art on Migration Politics, Copenhagen

“I AM”

St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK

“I AM”

 American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

“I AM”

Amman, Jordan at the National Gallery of Fine Arts

“A Romance with Revolution”

Museum of Nonconformist Art, St. Petersburg, Russia 

“A Romance with Revolution”

ACC Galerie, Weimar 

“She Who Tells A Story”

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

“Mediterráneas”

Fundación Tres Culturas Del Mediterráneo Sevilla, Spain


2016

 

“Social Calligraphies: East – West”

Zachęta National Gallery of Art Warsaw

“Les Parfumes de L’intranquillite”

Hotel Des Arts, Centre D’art Du Department Du Var A Toulon

“Social Caligraphies”

Zachęta Gallery Poland, Warsaw


2015

 

“Cherchez L’erreur”

Institute Des Cultures d’Islam, Paris

“Crisis In History”

Tolhuistuin Cultural Center, Amsterdam

“Intimate Transgressions”

WhiteBox and CAPA (Center for Asia Pacific Affairs) New York


2014

“Power! Photos! Freedom!”

CAN, Luxembourg

“View from Inside”

presented by Houston Center for Photography (HCP)

 “Open Your Eyes"

FotoFest International at Houston Center for Photography

 “The Infinity”

The Singapore International Photography Festival

 “The King's Peace | Realism and War”

Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

 “An Ocean of Possibilities”

Noorderlicht International Photo Festival 2014

 “Arab Contemporary Architecture & Identity”

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark


2013


"She who tells a story"

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

'Power! Photos! Freedom!'”

FotoMuseum, Antwerp


2012-13

“Light From the Middle East”

Victoria & Albert Museum, London


2012

 

“Suwar: Pictorial Representations From the Arab World”

Rose Issa Projects, London

“Re-Orientations II”

Rose Issa Projects, London

“Le Printemps de Septembre: History is Mine”

Toulouse, France 

“PhotoMed 2012”

Sanary sur Mer, France 

“Anachrony”

Syra Arts at the Washington Design Center, Washington DC

“The Changing Room: Arab Reflections of Praxis and Times”

The Underground Gallery, London and Turin, Italy

“Egyptian Art Today”

Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

“Traits D’Union”

The Venue, Lebanon (Touring Exhibition: France, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen)
“Metanoia”

Video Oddo Bank, Paris and Nahatat Contemporary Art, Cairo

“Shots”

Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris 

“Proche”

Galerie Albert Benamou, Paris

“She Sees Her Self”

Gallerie Satore, Paris 

“The Julia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition”

Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires

“Paradox-on”

European Union House of Delegation, Cairo

“She Views Herself”

Salon Paul Ricard Paris collective

“Metanoia”

I Am Not There CIC, collective


2011

 

“Uncanny: Surreal Photography”

Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont

 “Images from the Egyptian Revolution”

The French Institute, Cairo

 “Metanoia: Freedom To Create”

Cape Town

 “Eschaton”

Mois de L’image, Dieppe, France

 “The Changing Room”

Galleria Metro Quadro, Rivoli,Turin, Italy

 “Rencontres de Bamako Biennale”

Mali and Traits d’Union, Paris

 “L’Art Contemporain Arabe”

Villa Emerie, Paris

 “Dress Code”

Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai 

“Renditions”

Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE

“Arab Changing Room”

Torino, Italy,

“Un an Deja”

Imane Fares Gallery, Paris


2010

 “Metamorphosis, Land of the Hyperreal”

Havana, Cuba

 “Photo Biennale”

Thessaloniki, Greece

“Ashoura: Act of Faith”

Abdijdmuseum Ten Duinen, Koksijde, Belgium 


2009

 

“Il Corpus Homanus”

Al Masar Gallery, Cairo 

“Metamorphosis X”

Biennial Cuenca, Ecuador

“Photoquai”

Museum de Quai Branly, Paris

“Arab World Views”

Casa Arabe, Madrid

“The Blow Out”

The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai


2008


“Photo Festival”

Athens, Greece


“Places and Manners of Worship”

Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki


2007


“Act of Faith”

Der aa-kerk, Groningen, The Netherlands


2003


“Cairo Modern Art”

Fortis Circus Theater, Netherlands


2002


“Photo Cairo”

Townhouse Gallery, Cairo



AWARDS


Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2012 Honourable mention, Freedom to Create 2011, First prize – commended


The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards 2011 First prize


Jacob Riis Award 2010 Runner-up


The Invisible World Portfolio Selection 2010 Finalist – honourable mention


PUBLICATIONS


“Les parfumes de l’intranquillite

 Veronique Collard Bovy & Emmanulle Lequeux (lienart 2016) 

Disorder "Cairo, Texas - a Photographer's diary"

edited by katia haddian (Rose Issa Publications 2014)

View From The Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography Video and Mixed Media Art

Fotofest Houston Texas (schilt publishing 2014)

Arab Contemporary Architecture & Identity

edited by Michael Juul Holm and Mette Marie Kallehauge (Louisiana Museum of Modern art Denmark and contributors 2014) printed by Rosendahls 

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

by Kristen Gresh. Foreword by Michket Krifa (MFA Publications, 2014) 

Haut Africa People Photography And Fashion

Lannoo Publishers 2014

Cairo Year One, edited by Rose Issa

(Al Qattan Foundation & Rose Issa Projects, 2012)

Arab Photography Now

edited by Rose Issa and Michket Krifa (Kehrer, 2011)

Paris And Contemporary Arab

Art Traits D’union  201 

Exposures, Photography and Egypt

by Maria Golia (Reaktion Books, 2010)

Eyemazing

issue 4 2009

Egitto

by Martina Corgnati (Mesogea, 2009)

Modern Egyptian Art

by Lilian Karnouk (AUC, 2005)

Cairo Modern Art in Holland

edited by Wolter Lommerde Fortis Circustheater Scheveningen 2001


SELECTED JOURNALS & NEWSPAPERS (print and online)

2017


Mujeres artistas rompen tópicos sobre el mundo árabe – 7 October 2017

http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=232485

Rebelión

By Enric Llopis


Feminine voices from the Arab world on display in Valencia – 15 September 2017

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/sections/entertainment/2017/09/15/feminine-voices-from-the-arab-world-on-display-in-valencia_78815faa-43a2-432d-be6a-8fe0036f3b8d.html

ANSA Med


Meet The Middle Eastern Artists Making Their Mark In London – 31 July 2017

http://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/art/exhibitions/female-artists-showing-in-london

Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

By Lizzy Vartanian Collier


V&A to launch Photography Centre as part of long-term expansion plan – 12 April 2017

https://www.designweek.co.uk/issues/10-16-2017/va-launch-photography-centre-part-long-term-expansion-plan/

Design Week

By Aimée McLaughlin


The V&A announces a new Photography Centre in London – 5 April 2017

http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/04/the-va-announces-a-new-photography-centre-in-london/

British Journal of Photography

By Diane Smyth


2016


Ahram Online – December 29, 2016

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/25/254061/Arts--Culture/Visual-Art/Triumphs-in-the-Egyptian-visual-arts-scene-in-.aspx

Triumphs in the Egyptian visual arts scene in 2016

By Soha Elsirgany


Wyborcza Warszawa – November 15, 2016

http://warszawa.wyborcza.pl/warszawa/1,34862,20977131,zacheta-poetyckie-kaligrafie-czyli-wystawa-artystow-z-krajow.html?disableRedirects=true

Zachęta. Poetyckie kaligrafie, czyli wystawa artystów z krajów muzułmańskich

Translation: (Incentive. Poetic calligraphy, which is an exhibition of artists from Muslim countries)

By Emilia Dłużewska


Voice of America News – July 31, 2016

http://www.voanews.com/a/exhibit-highlights-contemporary-middle-east-women-photographers/3443009.html

Exhibit Highlights Contemporary Middle East Women Photographers

By Deborah Block

 

National Museum of Women in Arts - June 7, 2016

https://nmwa.org/blog/2016/06/07/she-who-tells-a-story-nermine-hammam/

She Who Tells a Story: Nermine Hammam

By Emily Haight

 

Foreign Policy – May 3, 2016

http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/03/art-is-a-window-to-the-arab-worlds-soul/

Art is a Window to the Arab World’s Soul

By Kim Ghattas


The Washington Post – April 21, 2016

https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2016/04/21/5-striking-photographs-that-challenge-stereotypes-of-arab-women/?utm_term=.ea8d3b9fd5a4

5 striking photographs that challenge stereotypes of Arab and Iranian women

By Elena Goukassian


The Washington Post – April 15, 2016

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/a-womans-place-in-the-middle-east-for-some-its-behind-a-camera/2016/04/15/0c879922-fcfe-11e5-9140-e61d062438bb_story.html?utm_term=.e7591bd2898e

A woman’s place in the Middle East? For some, it’s behind a camera.

By Philip Kennicott

 

British Journal of Photography - April 1, 2016

http://www.bjp-online.com/2016/04/she-who-tells-a-story-women-photographers-from-iran-and-the-arab-world/

Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

By Tom Seymour


The Washington Post – April 1, 2016

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/female-photographers-tell-important-stories-in-landmark-exhibition/2016/03/31/b11470c2-f2b9-11e5-a61f-e9c95c06edca_story.html?utm_term=.37631f6c1c09

Female photographers tell important stories in landmark exhibition

By Roger Catlin


2015

 

The Huffington Post, US – July 22, 2015

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/she-who-tells-a-story-explores-everyday-life-for-women-in-middle-east_us_55ad6277e4b0d2ded39fcd2e

Women Photographers Tell The Story Of Everyday Life In The Middle East

By Maddie Crum

 

Art Radar – Contemporary Art Trends and News from Asia and Beyond – March 27, 2015

http://artradarjournal.com/2015/03/27/lets-play-egyptian-artist-nermine-hammam-on-the-credibility-of-images-interview/

“Let’s play”: Egyptian artist Nermine Hammam on the Credibility of images – interview

By Lisa Pollman


Al Art Magazine – Art and Culture from Maghreb to Mashriq and Beyond – February 24, 2015

http://www.alartemag.be/en/en-art/artists-from-the-middle-east-poke-holes-in-the-grand-historical-narrative/

Artists from the Middle East Poke Holes in the Grand Historical Narrative


2014

 

Egyptian Streets – July 8, 2014

https://egyptianstreets.com/2014/07/08/revealing-egypts-forgotten-and-neglected/

Chilling Photographs From A Mental Health Hospital in Egypt

By Lisa Pollman

Gulf News – June 25, 2014

http://gulfnews.com/gn-focus/photography/the-arab-world-through-a-lens-1.1351104

The Arab world through a lens

By Sanaya Pavri


The Times, UK – April 5, 2014

From Bosnia to Tahrir Square, how artists depict the world’s conflicts

LenScratch – Fine Art Photography Daily – April 4, 2014

http://lenscratch.com/2014/04/nermine-hammam/

Nermine Hammam: Wétiko: Cowboys and Indigenes

By Aline Smithson


Arts and Culture – March 28, 2014

http://artsandculturetx.com/wetiko-cowboys-and-indigenes/

Wetiko: Cowboys and Indigenes

By Geoff Smith


The Nation – March 11, 2014

https://www.thenation.com/article/studio-or-square/

Studio or Square? Art and Revolution in Cairo

By Jenna Krajeski


2013


Huffington Post, US – December 11, 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mutualart/she-who-tells-a-story-a-w_b_4258341.html

She Who Tells a Story: A Window Into the World of Female Photographers in the Middle East

By Lori Zimmer


CNN – November 7, 2013

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/06/world/meast/artist-auction-bids-to-help-syrias-child-refugees/

Mideast art auction bids to help Syria's child refugees

By Mohammed Jamjoom


Huffington Post, Maghreb – October 18, 2013

http://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/2013/10/18/photos-armee-egypte_n_4121496.html

Des photomontages pour démonter le mythe de l'armée en Egypte

By Rebecca Chaouch

Slate – October 14, 2013

http://www.slate.fr/grand-format/tahrir-armee-nermine-hammam

Loin de Tahrir

By Caroline Piquet


Slate – September 12, 2013

http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2013/09/12/nermine_hammam_upekkha_tranports_soldiers_of_the_egyptian_army_to_a_different.html

A New Angle on the Soldiers of Tahrir Square

By David Rosenberg


Daily Mail – August 28, 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2404451/Life-veil-Stunning-photographs-seek-challenge-Western-misconceptions-life-women-Middle-East.html

Life behind the veil: Stunning photographs seek to challenge Western misconceptions of what life is like for Middle Eastern women
by Steve Nolan


The Huffington Post, US – July 7, 2013

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/17/arab-female-photographers_n_3605751.html

Arab And Iranian Female Photographers Collide For ‘She Who Tells a Story’ At MFA Boston

By Priscilla Frank


Gulf News – June 27, 2013

You See What You Want to See

By Richard Holledge


Your Middle East – April 29, 2013

http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/features/the-arab-spring-and-the-fall-of-classic-photojournalism_12812

The Arab Spring and the fall of classic photojournalism?

By Valentina Crosato


NewStatesman – March 7, 2013

http://www.newstatesman.com/cultural-capital/2013/03/reviewed-light-middle-east-va

Reviewed: Light From the Middle East at the V&A, Middle Eastern photographic practice in focus

By Surabhi Khanna


Leban Art – January 13, 2013

http://lebanart.com/nermine-hammam/

Nermine Hammam


Art of the Mid East – January 13, 2013

https://artofthemideastdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/nermine-hammam/

Promoting Middle Eastern Art to the World

 

The New York Times – January 2, 2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/world/middleeast/03iht-m03-photos.html

The Familiar Transformed With the Unexpected

By Susanne Fowler


2012

 

Newsweek – December 10, 2012

http://europe.newsweek.com/images-middle-east-victoria-and-albert-63435?rm=eu

Images of the Middle East at the Victoria and Albert

Playing with representations of the Middle East

By Jason Goodwin

 

The Times, UK – November 13, 2012

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/firstnightreviews/article3597919.ece

Light from the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum

By Nancy Durrant

 

The National – August 23, 2012

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/can-artistic-merit-be-found-in-swiftly-produced-arab-spring-works

Can artistic merit be found in swiftly produced Arab Spring works?

By Ben East

 

Financial Times – August 17, 2012

https://www.ft.com/content/0d60031e-e7ab-11e1-8686-00144feab49a

Snapshot: ‘The Break’ (2011) by Nermine Hammam

 

AlAkhbar English – August 16, 2012

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/11184

Nermine Hammam: Cairo in Layers

By Mohamed Mesrati

 

CNN – August 10, 2012

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/10/world/meast/nermine-hammam-egypt-art/

Images of Tahrir: Egypt's revolutionary art

By Tim Hume

 

Monocle - July/August 2012

A Different View

By Alex de Cramer

 

City A.M. – July 27, 2012

http://www.cityam.com/article/no-idyll-cairo-year-one

No idyll this: Cairo Year One

By Zoe Strimpel

 

Majalla – July 20, 2012

http://eng.majalla.com/2012/07/article55233184/arab-summer-in-london

Arab Summer in London – Art at the Mosaic Rooms

 

Culture 24 – July 17, 2012

http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/photography-and-film/art392615

V&A and British Museum bring Light from the Middle East in new collection

By Culture 24 Reporter


The National – July 12, 2012

http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/east-west-hybrid-art-creates-a-new-world

East-west hybrid art creates a new world

By Hannah Westley

 

Libération – May 29, 2012

http://next.liberation.fr/culture/2012/05/29/nermine-hammam-dans-le-grand-bain_822267

Nermine Hammam Dans Le Grand Bain

By Gilles Renault

 

Rolling Stone Magazine - May 3, 2012

Nermine Hammam’s Life Through A Lens

By Adam Grundey

 

 

Daily News Egypt – April 11, 2012

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2012/04/11/nermine-hammams-voluble-cry-of-freedom/

Nermine Hammam’s voluble cry of freedom

By Mariam Hamdy

 

Cairo 360 – April 3, 2012

https://www.cairo360.com/article/arts-culture/cairo-360-artist-profile-nermine-hammam/

Cairo 360 Artist Profile: Nermine Hammam


Egypt Independent – April 1, 2012

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/catharsis-muted-tones-nermine-hammams-anachrony

Catharsis in muted tones: Nermine Hammam's 'Anachrony'

By Ellen Brooks


The Guardian – January 18, 2012

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2012/jan/18/art-defiance-arab-uprisings-pictures

Art of defiance: expressions of the Arab uprisings – in pictures


Oasis Magazine – January 17, 2012

http://oasis-mag.blogspot.com.eg/2012/01/nermine-hammam-to-show-her-new-series.html

Nermine Hammam to Show Her New Series, Ma’at > in Cairo for the Very First Time


2011


Conde Nast Traveler – November 7, 2011

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2011-11-07/egypt-revolution-through-the-eyes-of-its-artists

Egypt's Revolution, by Egypt's Artists

By Susan Hack

 

Ahram Online – October 20, 2011

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/0/24632/Arts--Culture/0/Nermine-Hammam-joins-the-Dress-Code-exhibition-at-.aspx

Nermine Hammam joins the Dress Code exhibition at Dubai's Art Sawa


Blog Culturel – February 17, 2011

http://www.blogculturel.com/2011/02/17/anachrony-de-nermine-hammam-a-la-if-galerie/

Anachrony de Nermine Hammam à la IF galerie

By herwannperrin



TV 5 Monde – February 2, 2011

http://www.tv5monde.com/cms/chaine-francophone/p-14602-Nermine-Hammam.htm

Nermine Hammam "En Egypte, l'immense espoir de la jeunesse"

By Patrick Simonin


2010


Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman – July 2010

Directed by Susan Steinberg


2009

 

Lunettes Rouges – November 3, 2009

http://lunettesrouges.blog.lemonde.fr/2009/11/03/photos-du-monde-sur-le-quai/

Photos du monde, sur le quai

By


Absolut Madrid – June 22, 2009

http://www.absolutmadrid.com/cosmovisiones-arabes/

Cosmovisiones Árabes

By Patricia Soriano


Unknown Date

 

The Arab Review

http://www.thearabreview.org/nermine-hammam-cairo-year-one-exhibition/

Nermine Hammam: A whisper in a war

By Emanuelle Degli Esposti


Moving Image

http://www.moving-image.info/artistnerminehammam/

Artist – Nermine Hammam


Framer Framed

http://framerframed.nl/crisisofhistory/blog/nermine-hammam-the-pain-of-others/

Crisis of History – Contemporary Art from the Middle East

Nermine Hammam: The Pain of Others

Institut des Cultures D’Islam

http://www.institut-cultures-islam.org/nermine-hammam/

Art Scoops

http://artscoops.com/Artist-details/225/Hammam-Nermine-

Nermine Hammam

  

INTERVIEWS


SDS Productions

https://sdsproductions.wordpress.com/category/nermine-hammam/

Mirrors to Windows: Nermine Hammam Preview

By Susan Steinberg



PUBLIC COLLECTIONS


Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

Parco Horcynus Orca, Messina, Italy