WHY by Nadine Hammam

Nadine Hammam was born in 1973 in Cairo, Egypt and lives and works in Cairo. She received a BA in English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo and an MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London. A multi-disciplinary and conceptual artist, she works with painting, writing, sound installations, video. Shedeconstructsgender dynamics and social taboos by investigating the relationship between the public versus the private, the external versus the internal, and the intimate which are key to Middle Eastern society.

A transnational artist, her painting explores text and image and constructs flawless multi-layered canvases that eliminate all visible brush strokes pointing to the gestural disappearance of the artist. Her work is now positioned on the international artistic scene. She has exhibited her work in Cairo (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), London (2006), Dubai (2007, 2011), Washington DC (2005) and Paris (2005).

For her fourth solo show at ArtTalks | Gallery | Egypt from December 10, 2013 through to January 15, 2014, she is exploring a new media, mirrors, to pursue her experimentations with text and image.