Born in 1981, Ahmed El Shaer is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans the mediums of installation, photography, sound, and the moving image with a particular interest in digital technologies. His videos combine Machinima, stock footage, 3D animation and experimental soundscapes, and have been shown at international venues including the Venice Biennale, Bamako Biennale, Cairotronica, the Guggenheim, the Museum of the Moving Image, and Casa Arabe in Madrid. He recently completed a residency in the Game Lab at the University of Los Angeles California, as part of a Fulbright research program.
“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.
2018/2019 Fulbright scholar at Game Lap in New Media art and design Department, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.
2021 “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 intarnational Festival of Electronic and New Media arts in Cairo, curated by Haytham Nawar, Cairo- Egypt.
2020 ” ITP Winter show” group Exhibition, curated by NYU, New York-USA.
2019 ” Reimagined Narratives” group Exhibition, curated by Art D’Egypt, Cairo-Egypt.
“New Waves in Contemporary Egyptian Art”, group exhibition, curated by Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, Kuwait.
“Pop Art from North Africa”, Group Exhibition, curated by Najlaa El-Ageli and Toufik Douib, Casa Árabe, Madred-Spain.
2018 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 17 September to 2 Novamber 2018, Tuzla-Bosnia.
2017 Art Game Demos -Festival Nuage Numérique, Nominated by Isabelle Arvers, Lyon-France.
“Mediterranean seeds”, at the Conserveria Pastis exhibition space in Piazza Emanuele Filiberto 11 A, Curated by krista eirene mikkola, Turin-Italy.
Di_Egy Festival for Newmedia arts, Darb 1718, Curated by Weam El Masry.
2016 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 Intrnational D’arte, Paris, France.
2015 2015 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.
56th Venice Biennale, “In the Eye of the Thunderstorm” Collateral Event, Curated by: Martina Corgnati, Venice, Italy.
Ritornello, Sound Art Exhibition, Darb1718, Curated by: Kathrin Oberrauch, Egypt.
2014 ISEA 2014, 20th International Symposium On Electronic Art, Zayed University Dubai, UAE
2 Generations, Cube Gallery, Dubai-UAE.
Happen Now, NABAD Gallery, Amman, Jordan.
ARAB GLITCH, curated by Laura Marks, Rochester University, New York, USA.
Maspero II: The Sequel, Darb1718, Cairo, Egypt.
2013 Long Saturday, Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland.
CYNETART-FESTIVAL: Open Lab Egypt, Hipster phone Interactive, Dresden, Germany.
Roznama 2, Medrar Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.
Wavy banners 2013, Humlum og Sdr., Nissum, Denmark.
Emotional Intelligence Artificial, DE-CAf Festival, InterLAB Interactive Arts, Cairo, Egypt, in Cooperation with Kazoosh Group in Dresden, Germany.
Back to Square One, Lopez Memorial Museum, Manila, Philippines.
2012 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid
VIDEOAKT 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.
2011 After the Rage, Beton7 Art Center, 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.
2010 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 http://www.blancpain-artcontemporain.ch
Living Spaces: 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.
2009 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, UK.
MidEast Cut, International Festival for Alternative Film and Video, Denmark & Finland.
All Art Now: 1st international Video Art Festival, Several Locations, Damascus, Syria.
Cairo – Alicante Media Art Encounter, Alicante Art Center, Alicante, Spain.
2008 Cairo – Alicante Media Art Workshop, Guezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.
ÖREBRO INTERNATIONAL VIDEOART FESTIVAL, Sweden.
Biacs3: Biennale de Arte Contemporary 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.
2007 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.
2006 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 Center, Port Said, Egypt.
2005 Form through Light II, Palace of the Arts, Cairo, Egypt.
2004 Form through Light, Palace of the Arts, Cairo, Egypt.
02/2019 “Crossover (the Scene)”, Machinima video, the Museum of the Moving Image, NYC-USA.
01/2018 “Hybrid Spaces” , Video,Photography and Video Game art, 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 8bit 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, Austria.
05/2007 Ahmed El Shaer: New Works, Cairo Atelier, Cairo – Egypt
07/2006 Ahmed El Shaer: New Works, ALCATRAZ Gallery , Summer Academy, Salzburg, Austria.
05/2005 Conversation, Guezira Art Center, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
2018/2019 Fulbright Art Grant, USA.
06/2011 International Visitor Program of 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
01-03 / 2016 Cite International D’Arte Paris invited by French Institute, France.
06-07 / 2012 ART OMI RESIDANCY, NEW YORK, USA.
10-12 / 2009 Prohelvetia Artist in Residence for three months at F+F School for Art & 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