Lives and works in Cairo, where she grew up

Current Works

“Disconnecting”, First part: exhibition in Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, Switzerland (2017), second part in Cairo (ongoing)

Home made, Exhibition in Singapore (2016) and in China (2017)

From the inside, Exhibition with the group “Shouf”, Atelier Cairo (while working as a photojournalist at Elsharouk daily newspaper) (2013)

“The people are a redline”, Shab Khat Ahmar (2012)


Pro Helvetia studio residency, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur (2017)

Mohamed Abla Scholarship for youth (Scholarship to study Graphic Art in Salzburg, Summer Academy, 2007)
Award at Youth Salon, Cairo (2007)
Arab documentary Photography program, award and scholarship (2005)


Visual Artist (since 2005)

Working as art teacher for kids at primary school (2003) and as instructor and organizer of “education through art“ (2004–2008)

Historical Event

1001 Night, story of Dawwadud

First Works

Cairo–Salzburg, Mashrabaya Gallery Cairo (2008)

“Temporary absent”, first solo exhibition, Cairo Atelier (2005)


Omar Jhan, private teacher (1999–2009)
High Institute of Art Critics, post-graduation (2000–2002)
Diploma in decorative cinema and theater, Faculty of Fine Arts Zamalek, Cairo (1995–2000)
Hawayeti, Downtown Cairo, secondary school (1992–1995)
Horreya school, Downtown Cairo, primary school (1986–1989)

Mother: Housewife
Father: Teacher of mathematics (died when I was 2 years old)
Twin Sister: Poet, writer
Older Brother: Computer engineer
Younger Brother: Computer engineer

Dream job as a child: Adventurer
Dream job as an adolescent: Journalist

Further Information

Sandra Gysi, Cairo, 09.01.2018