Ahmed El Shaer is a contemporary artist born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1981 who currently lives and works in New York, USA. El Shaer is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans the mediums of installation, photography, sound, and moving images, with a particular interest in new technologies. holds a B.F.A. from the Faculty of Art and Education and is currently a Ph.D. student at the computing and games department at Abertay University, Scotland, UK. He exhibited in various international art venues, including the 56th Venice Biennal, Venice, Italy (2015). Bamako Biennale and Bamako-Mali (2011) Cairotronica New Media Festival, Cairo, Egypt Sanctioned Array, White Box, New York, USA (2010) Solo show at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York, USA (2019) Rencontres Internationales Festival Paris/Berlin: Represent Egypt at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022.

El Shaer was awarded several times, including the Fulbright fellowship in Los Angeles at UCLA Game Lab 2018, the Salon of Youth Honor Award in 2002, the first in media in 2003, and the first in media art in 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. He was granted several artists in residence programs: Prohelvetia, Zurich, 2009; Cite Internationale D’Arte Paris, invited by the French Institute, France, 2016; and ArtOMI RESIDENCY, New York, USA, 2012. 

His work is in public collections, including New Cinema in Paris, France, and the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, Egypt. His works have been featured in several publications, including Contemporary Practices Magazine, Hanan al-Cinema Affections for the Moving Image, and MIT Press. By Laura U. Marks


“Cairo Documenta 2010–2012”.

“Long Saturday” during the program (Window to the orient “Cairo”) at “Bündner Kunstmuseum”,

Chur, Switzerland, 2013.



“Intersecting Lines,” a group exhibition, Cairo, 2012.

“Video Game – Video Art” workshop in Jesuits Alexandria 2012.



2002 B.F.A., Faculty of Art and Education, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

2006 Certificate of Video Game/ Video Art, Summer Academy for Fine art, Salzburg-Austria.

2007 Certificate of Video Art By Artist Vale Export, Summer Academy for Fine art, Salzburg-Austria.



“AI Heaven”, Sonica festival for New Media Arts, Glasgow, UK, curated by Cathie Boyd.

“Eden like Garden”,  group exhibition curated by:Wilhelm Koch, Luftmuseum, Germany

“Nexus”,  group exhibition, “Eden Like Garden,” curated by: Michaela and Bruno Wank, Verpackerei Gö gallery, Germany.

Chiselling Pixels, Wizara’s exhibition, Art Dubai Digital, Dubai, UAE. 


AIX Art Gallery, group exhibition, “AI Heaven” video animation, the TechQualia gallery, Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace, curated by: Dina Jereidini, Cairo, Egypt

The 59th Venice Biennale, “Eden Like Garden,” represents Egypt in the Egyptian Pavilion, curated by: the Egyptian Culture Ministry, Venice, Italy.


“Spring Break Art Show”, Eyes on Heaven project, curated by Sara Angel Guerrero, NYC-USA.

“ITP Spring Show” Group Exhibition, curated by NYU, New York-USA.

 “Miscegenation: On That One Photograph“, curated by Khaled Hafez / Cairo Curatorial Collective (CCC), as part of Cairo Photo Week, organized by Photopia, Cairo, Egypt.

Cairotronica International Festival of Electronic and New Media Arts in Cairo, curated by Haytham Nawar, Cairo- Egypt.

“Technocrat” Group Exhibition, Project “Tracker”, curated by Hana El Beblawy, Cairo-Egypt.


 “ITP Winter Show” Group Exhibition, curated by NYU, New York-USA.


Reimagined Narratives, Group Exhibition, the project “Hybrid Spaces and Other Objects,”, VR and sculpture, curated by Art D’Egypt

Group Exhibition “In the other side of the Nile”, the project “Hybrid Spaces”, at TCC (Tahrir Culture

Center), AUC, Cairo, Egypt, Curated by: Mahmoud Hamdi

Crossover (the Scene), solo show, Museum of Moving Image, New York, USA, curated by: Sara Angel.


Interference Festival 2018, Tunisia

31st Festival Les Instants Vidéo Marcelle, France

The Overkill Festival, nominated by curator Isabelle Arvers. The Netherlands.

MADATAC 09 Festival, SECCIÓN MONOGRAFÍAS: EGIPTO, Nominted by Medrar for

Contemporary art, Mena el Shazly, Spain

Cairotronica Festival for Media Arts, Curated by: Haytham Nawar, Cairo-Egypt

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin Festival, Centre Pompidou

Biennale Festival of Portraits, from September 17 to November 2, 2018, Tuzla-Bosnia


Art Game Demos, -Festival Nuage Numérique, Nominated by Isabelle Arvers, Lyon-France

Inaugurazione Mediterranean Seeds, BJCEM-Biennale, Turin, Italy.

Di_Egy Festival for New Media Arts, Darb 1718, Curated by Weam El Masry


Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, The Rotating Exhibition Room, South Africa.

CairoTronica Festival for Media Arts, Palace of Art, Cairo, Egypt

Screening at Cite International d’Art, Paris, France


UCLA Video Game art Festival at Hammer Museum, Curators: Eddo Stern, Isabelle Arvers, and

Lee Tusman.

Unplace, “Networked art place-between-places “ online exhibition, Curators: António Pinto

Ribeiro and Rita Xavier Monteiro, with the collaboration of Helena Barranha, Susana S, Martins

and Raquel Pereira.

“In the Eye of the Thunderstorm” Collateral Event, 56th Venice Biennale, Curator:

Martina Corgnati, Venice, Italy

Ritornello, Sound Art Exhibition, Darb1718, Curated by: Kathrin Oberrauch, Egypt


ISEA 2014, 20th International Symposium On Electronic Art, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

2 Generations, Cube Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.

Happen Now, NABAD Gallery, Amman, Jordan.

ARAB GLITCH, curated by Laura Marks, Rochester University, New York, USA.

Maspero II: The Sequel, Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt.


Long Saturday, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland.

CYNETART-FESTIVAL: Open Lab Egypt, Hipster Phone Interactive, Dresden, Germany

Roznama 2, Medrar Art Centre, Cairo, Egypt.

Wavy banners 2013, Humlum og Sdr., Nissum, Denmark.

Emotional Intelligence Artificial, DE-CAf Festival, InterLAB Interactive Arts, Cairo,

Egypt, in cooperation with the Kazoosh Group in Dresden, Germany.

Back to Square One, Lopez Memorial Museum, Manila, Philippines


Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid

IDEOAKT International Video art Biennial

Liberation: Process Review, Havremagasinet Museum, Boden, Sweden.

Identity, Otherness, Games & Machinima, Festival Gamerz, Marseille, France

The Impossible Black Tulip of Cartography, Impact Festival, Amsterdam, Netherland.

Image Contre Nature: 12th international festival of experimental video, Marseille, France

Athina Art International Festival, Izmail, Ukraine

Cairo Documenta 2, Cairo, Egypt.


After the Rage, Beton7 Art Centre, Athena, Greece

Disconnect, Town House Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Bamako Biennale, National Museum, Bamako, Mali

The Changing Room: Arab Reflections on Praxis and Times, Spazio Cubi, Turin, Italy

VIDEOAKT: International Video Biennale, Salt Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Presidents Remix, Salt Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.

The Oakland Standard, Contemporary Arab Video Encounter (CAVE), Oakland Museum, California, USA.


Cairo Documenta 1, interactive game, Cairo, Egypt

Sanctioned Array video project, white box, New York, USA

IN/FLUX @ Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark

50JPG: The Revenge of the Archive & The Presidents: Remix, Blancpain Art Contemporain in

collaboration with the Centre of Photography Geneva,

Living Spaces: The 2nd All Art Now Festival for Contemporary Arts, Damascus, Syria

IN/FLUX: Awkward Conversations, The 17th New York African Film Festival, New Museum and

Axis Gallery, New York, USA


Undercurrent, Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

CIGE 2009: China International Gallery Exhibition, China

Fugitive Video Project 2009 International Festival for Alternative Film and Video, Dublin and

Mantua, Ireland, and the UK.

MidEast Cut, International Festival for Alternative Film and Video, Denmark and Finland

All Art Now: 1st International Video Art Festival, Several Locations, Damascus, Syria

Cairo-Alicante Media Art Encounter, Alicante Art Centre, Alicante, Spain


Cairo: Alicante Media Art Workshop, Guezira Art Centre, Cairo, Egypt.


Biacs3: Biennale de Arte Contemporáneo de Seville, Spain

Daleky Blizky Vychod 2008: Festival for short Films, Bratislava, Slovakia

Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM), Bari, Italy


Group Exhibition, Summer Academy for Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria

2nd International Salon of Young Artists, Alexandria Atelier

After Urban: Video Art & Architecture Festival, University of Pennsylvania


Group Exhibition, Summer Academy for Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria

2nd Rencontres de L’Image, French Institute, Cairo, Egypt

1st International Festival for Short Films, French Culture Centre, Port Said, Egypt.


Form through Light II, Palace of the Arts, Cairo, Egypt


Form through light, Palace of the Arts, Cairo, Egypt.

Solo Exhibitions

02/2019 Crossover (the Scene), Museum of Moving Image, New York, USA,

Curated by: Sara Angel

01/2018 Hybrid Spaces, Medrar Art Center, Cairo, Egypt

06/2015 Think Tank, Video Installation, Fine Art Museum, Alexandria, Egypt, Curated by:

Rabab Nawar.

05/2014: Green, Video Installation, ArtEllewa Art Space, Cairo, Egypt.

01/2013: Repetition in Action Time, Guezira Art Center, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

10/2012, 8-bit portrait, Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

12/2009 Meine Zurich, F+F School for Art & Media Design, Zurich, Switzerland

06/2009 Under Examination, Guezira Art Center, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt

08/2007 Ahmed El Shaer: One Year Later, ALCATRAZ Gallery, Summer Academy, Salzburg,


05/2007 Ahmed El Shaer: New Works, Cairo Atelier, Cairo – Egypt

07/2006 Ahmed El Shaer: New Works, ALCATRAZ Gallery, Summer Academy, Salzburg,


2005 Conversation, Guezira Art Center, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt



2018/2019 Fulbright Grant for 2018-2019

06/2011 International Visitor Program of the State Department, USA

08/2007 Salzburg Summer Academy for Fine Arts, studio of Vale Export, Austria.

07/2006 Salzburg Summer Academy for Fine Arts, studio of Fung Ming Bo, Austria


Artist in Residence

05-2023: Botkyrka Konsthall, invited by Curator Anneli Bäckman, Sweden.

01-03-2016: Cite International d’Arte Paris, invited by the French Institute, France


10-12 / 2009 Prohelvetia Artist in Residence for Three Months at F+F School for Art and Media

Design Zurich, Switzerland



11/2013 Salon Prize in Media Art, 24th Salon of Young Artists

09/2003: First Prize in Media Art, 15th Salon of Young Artists

09/2002 Honor Prize, Media Art, 14th Salon of Young Artists

Dundee, Scotland, UK