“I don’t find anything I make shocking. I am very comfortable with the human figure, and I have used it in my work to deconstruct social taboos and complex social structures.”
Nadine Hammam was born in 1973 in Cairo, Egypt, and lives and worked 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, and video. She deconstructs gender 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 art 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).