Born in Cairo (Egypt) in 1995, Engy Mohsen is an artist, architect and graphic designer. While spatial design remains at the core of her interdisciplinary practice, she works -solo and collaboratively- with text, drawing, photography, performance, discursive acts and conversation as a medium. She explores the notions of ‘participation’ and ‘collectivity’ by hosting formats of meeting that invite non-artists and artists to think about how spaces can be organized to include the ‘other’. Engy Mohsen is 1/5 of the artist group K-oh-llective.

Her works have been part of group exhibitions and performances in Abu Dhabi, Alexandria, Amman, Beirut, Berlin, Cairo, London, Ramallah, Venice and Zürich.


Education
︎︎︎ 2013–18 - B.Sc. Architecture/Urban Design, German University in Cairo, EG.
︎︎︎ 2017 - Bachelor’s design studio, Brandenburgische Technische Universität, Cottbus, DE.

Studio/Study Programs
︎︎︎ 2020 - Artists for Artists (AfA) Masterclass: Radical Care.
︎︎︎ 2019 - MASS Alexandria Independent Studio/Study Programme.
︎︎︎ 2018 - Roznama 6 Studio Program.


Grants & Awards
︎︎︎ 2021 - AFAC, Visual Arts Grant Program with Souakina Joual.
︎︎︎ 2021 - Mophradat, Grants for Artists with Souakina Joual.
︎︎︎ 2021 - All-Round Culture, Youth-led Initiatives, as Dataland Publishing.

︎︎︎ 2021 - Wijhat travel grant, Culture Resource.
︎︎︎ 2021 - General mobility grant, Fanak Fund.
︎︎︎ 2020 - Self-Organizations, Mophradat, as K-oh-lletive.

︎︎︎ 2020 - Parallel Sphere production grant, Pro Helvetia Cairo.
︎︎︎ 2020 - Project Revival Fund, Warehouse421.
︎︎︎ 2020 - Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform.
︎︎︎ 2020 - Grants to Artists, British Council Cairo.
︎︎︎ 2019 - Villa Vassilieff - Pernod Ricard Fellowship. (shortlisted)
︎︎︎ 2019 - Grants for Artists, Mophradat.
︎︎︎ 2019 - Roznama 7, Solo Exhibition Prize by Soma Art Gallery.
︎︎︎ 2014 - 25th Youth Salon, Collection Prize by CIB Bank.


Residencies
︎︎︎ 2021 - Pro Helvetia Studio Residency, Rote Fabrik, Zürich, CH. ︎︎︎ 2020 - ART OMI Residency for Artists, New York, USA. (postponed ︎︎︎ 2022) 
︎︎︎ 2020 - Homebound Residency, organized by Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
︎︎︎ 2020 - YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, AZ. (cancelled)
︎︎︎ 2020 - The Lab at Darat Al Funun, Amman, JO.  (cancelled)
︎︎︎ 2020 - Triangle France - Astérides, Marseille, FR. (shortlisted)


Public Events & Workshops ︎︎︎ 2021 - “How To Love Many In Many Ways”, workshops in  Zürich, CH.
︎︎︎ 2021 - “Shish Bish”, Workshop by Makouk and Medrar.
︎︎︎ 2020 - Live Praxes #2: “Written to be Spoken” by Mohamed Abdelkarim.

︎︎︎ 2020 - “Qaaf Laam in the Chatroom”, online discussion with Noor Abed.
︎︎︎ 2019 - “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts”, Bamako Biennial public program.
︎︎︎ 2019 - “Food Ethnogtaphy Workshop” workshop with Mai Amer, CiC.
︎︎︎ 2018 - “The Land Speaks to you in Signs” workshop with Ala Yunis, Zawya.
︎︎︎ 2017 - “Naeema’s Office is Bleeding” workshop with Hany Rashed, Medrar.


Publications︎︎︎ 2021 - “Co-Rooms: Notes on Collaboratation”, edited by Mai El Wakil.
︎︎︎ 2020 - “The Thelos Society Earth”, Issue I edited by Georgia Kotretsos.

︎︎︎ 2020 - “Chatrooms: On Curating Spaces”, edited by Nour El Safoury.
︎︎︎ 2020 - “No ISBN: On Self-Publishing”, by Bernard Cella, Wael Ashry, Kayfa ta.
︎︎︎ 2019 - “Chatrooms: A Guidebook to Discursive Spaces”, self-published.
︎︎︎ 2018 - “Robabecciah: The Informal City”, Egyptian National Pavilion, 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, edited by Mouaz Abozaid and Eslam El Mashtooly.
Group Exhibitions & Performances

2021 ︎︎︎ “Art as Connection” - with Mohamed Abdelkarim, Kunsthaus Aargau, CH.
︎︎︎ “Bad Mother” - with Rania Atef, About Us! Festival, Zürich, CH.
︎︎︎ “Embodied Encounters” - with Shahd Omar, Blackbox Zürich, CH.
︎︎︎ “But these forms need to be created” - Khalil Sakakini Center, Ramallah, PA.
︎︎︎ “Remote Closeness” - Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, JO.
︎︎︎ “Notes on Collaborations” - Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, EG.
︎︎︎ “Shish Bish” - Game-based art exhibition by Medrar and Makouk, EG.


2020
︎︎︎ “Open Studios” - Artists for Artists IG takeover with Gabriel Hensche, DE.

︎︎︎ “Lichtblick” - Kunsthalle at Hamburger Platz, Berlin, DE.
︎︎︎ "Quarantine: A Capsule" - participation in video by Rozeen Bisharat, DE/PA.
︎︎︎ “With Doors Closed, Artists Go Viral” - Medrar, Cairo, EG/online.
︎︎︎ “The Artist at Work” - Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, PA.
︎︎︎ “No ISBN” - project by Bernhard Cella, MMAG Foundation, Amman, JO.


2019
︎︎︎ “No ISBN” - project by Bernhard Cella, Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
︎︎︎ “End of Year Exhibition” - MASS Alexandria, EG.
︎︎︎ “No ISBN” - project by Bernhard Cella, Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, LB.
︎︎︎ “The Other Side of the Sea” - performance with Alia Farid, Alexandria, EG.
︎︎︎ “Roznama 7” - Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, EG.


2018 ︎︎︎ “More Stories” - Cairo Photo Week, EG.
︎︎︎ “Waiting” - Cavafy Museum with Laima Kreivyte, by MASS Alexandria, EG.
︎︎︎ “The Act of Conversing in a Space that Remembers” - Roznama Studio, EG.
︎︎︎ “Robabecciah: The Informal City” - Egyptian National Pavilion, 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, IT.


2017
︎︎︎ “Naeema’s Office is Bleeding” - Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, EG.
︎︎︎ “Mahmoud Kahil Award Exhibition” - American University in Beirut, LB.


2016
︎︎︎ “Out of the Fridge 3” - 3rd Koshk Stand, American University in Cairo, EG.
︎︎︎ “27th Youth Salon” - Palace of Arts, Cairo, EG.
︎︎︎ “Shamareekh” - CairoComix Festival, American University in Cairo, EG.
︎︎︎ “CairoSaturdayWalks” - the Egyptian Cultural Centre in London, UK.
︎︎︎ “Metre x Metre: a free space for creativity” - Bibliotheca Alexandria, EG.
︎︎︎ “CairoSaturdayWalks” - Photopia and Makan, Cairo, EG.


2015
︎︎︎ “Dutch Houses” - The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC), EG.
︎︎︎ “25th Youth Salon” - Palace of Arts, Cairo, EG.
︎︎︎ “Frozen in Time” - Photopia, Cairo, EG.


Press
︎︎︎ 2020 - Systems of Subtleties by Ash Moniz, Mada Masr


Homepage: Maria Hassabi, STAGING (2017), performed by Nancy Stamatopoulou, documenta14, Kassel, Germany. Photo by Engy Mohsen (2017), with permission from the artist.



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