Sherif El-Azma, born on 7 October 1975 in Manchester, lives and works as a freelance video artist in Cairo. Since 1997, he has been working as on various projects in the film and video industry, for example as a video editor, production assistant and video cameraman. He has produced five short videos in Cairo since 1997, which span from classic documentaries to experimental film. His 2001 short, "Interview with a Housewife" (7.5 minutes), an interview with his mother, documents impressively the situation of Egyptian women and was rewarded with the prize for Best Video Artist at the Nitaque Festival in Cairo. The most important theoretical element which recurs in his work is his examination of the contemporary Egyptian media language used in Egyptian documentaries and cinema films.
Author: House of World Cultures
Group Exhibitions (Choice)
Exhibition / Installation
„The Venice Biennial - 51st International Art Exhibition“, The Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
„The Venice Biennial – Egypt“, Giardini Pavillon, Venice, Italy
„Representaciones árabes contemporáneas. El Cairo“, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain
„Contemporary Arab Representations: CAIRO“, BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden
„Representaciones árabes contemporáneas. El Cairo“, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain
„Contemporary Arab Representations: CAIRO“, Witte de With . Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdamm, Netherlands
2001: Best Video Artist at the Nitaque Festival in Cairo for short, "Interview with a Housewife" (7.5 minutes).
This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.
Contemporary Artists from Middle East
(20 March 03 - 11 May 03)