Khaled Hafez, ‘Tomb Sonata in Three Military movements ’, 2010, Ayyam Gallery

About Khaled Hafez

Khaled Hafez creates work that explores changing national and cultural identity in an unstable era. He is part of a generation of Egyptians who collectively have one foot in tradition and another in the larger globalized world. His paintings, mixed-media works, and collage-like videos straddle perceived barriers between East and West. In them, Hafez layers ancient Egyptian forms with images of modern Cairo and international pop culture iconography, creating hybrids that hint at the core of contemporary Egyptian identity. As legend and memory collide with icons of pop culture, advertising, current events, and a dose of irony, Hafez’s compositions become composite worlds of his own making.

Egyptian, b. 1963, Cairo, Egypt, based in Cairo, Egypt

Solo Shows

Khaled Hafez: Moving Forward By The Day

Group Shows

Venice Biennale, 
Venice, Italy,
57th Venice Biennale, The Bridge: Cultural Diversity in Question, Grenada National Pavilion
Transart institut und SomoS Berlin Art House, 
Berlin, Germany,
ReFrame, Transart Triennale Video Program
Emirates Palace Gallery, 
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates,
Twenty-Five Years of Arab Creativity
Venice Biennale, 
Venice, Italy,
55th Venice Biennale, Portable Nation: Disappearance as Work in Progress, Maldives Pavilion
Guangzhou Museum of Art, 
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China,
3rd Guangzhou Triennale
Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art, 
Dakar, Senegal,
7th Dakar Biennale
Fortis Circustheater, 
The Hague, Netherlands,
Cairo Modern Art in Holland

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