Artist-in-Residence Hamdi Attia

Hamdi Attia’s work Archipelago, A World Map

MENA is deeply pleased to partner with the Kaplan Humanities Institute in hosting Hamdi Attia as an Artist-in-Residence for Fall 2017.

Hamdi Attia was born and raised in Assiut, Egypt. He currently lives and works between Cairo and Chicago. His work examines the relationship between cartography, geography, the body, and power — using video, mapping, drawing, and sculpture. In his early career, he represented Egypt at the Venice Biennial, where he received the top pavilion prize with architect Akram Al-Magdoub. His work was also exhibited in several biennials and has been featured in private and group exhibitions in Cairo, Amman, Doha, New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Bergen, Copenhagen, Basel, Zanzibar and São Paulo. Attia has also been commissioned for a number of public works in Egypt, Italy, and the U.S. He studied at the College of Arts in Cairo and the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome, and received his MFA at the University of Pennsylvania. 

"The noble failure of trying to make sense of our contemporary life reproduces itself in art practices, creating a successful platform for anti-idealism," Attia reflects.
Hamdi Attia"Given the tools of this platform, I am simultaneously interested in reconfiguring romanticized socio-political, cultural, or personal products and thoughts by addressing how they diverge and overlap."

Attia's residency is co-sponsored by Northwestern's Middle East and North African Studies Program and the Kaplan Humanities Institute.

Please join us for these upcoming events:

Hamdi Attia in Conversation with Chris Abani 
Monday, October 23, 12:00 pm
Kresge Hall 1-515 (The Forum)

Open Studio: Maps, Politics and Power 
Thursday, November 16, 5:30 pm
Kresge Hall (Room 2-315)

Hamdi is available to visit classes, and the Northwestern community is encouraged to see him in the Kaplan Artist-in-Residence studio in Kresge Hall, Room 2-315. To arrange a visit, please e-mail Rosie Roche, Northwestern Arts Manager.