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Hend Samir

Born in 1986, Hend Samir graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2008. She engages in numerous media: painting, printmaking, mixed media and installation. Her work has been exhibited solo and in several collective exhibitions in Cairo, Alexandria as well as internationally, in Mattress Factory Museum in USA and at Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden.

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In 2014, Samir was one of the winners of the third edition of Roznama, a competition and exhibition organised by Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo with a focus on young contemporary Egyptian visual artists.

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“In our isolated life in the city where there is no chance for huge adventures such as climbing a mountain or camping in the woods, people create their own small adventures, sometimes becoming quite weird. For example, a child walking on the balcony’s balustrade is not a normal thing, kids in a family gathering playing on top of the dining table, or someone who covers himself with a fabric, all those are testimonies of creating one’s own world that goes beyond the time and place. People add this crazy touch to their life, even if it is in a limited place, in their homes. We create our unusual stories in the usual flow of life. I paint to capture my own visualisation of the reality and not to reflect reality, even if the source of the paintings are the real life. Cheerful, bright colours give me energy and joy. When I think about the painting the first thing that comes to my mind is colours, not the lines and dimensions. The details follow.”

Exhibition Highlights

  • 2018 [DelicARTessen16] – Group exhibition – Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, Spain 
  • 2017 [Shadows of the Imperceptible: Photo Cairo 6] – (CIC) Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt 
  • 2017 [Shadows of the Imperceptible: Photo Cairo 6] – Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2017 [DelicARTessen15] – Group exhibition – Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, Spain   
  • 2016 [ My Favorite Things] – Group exhibition – Mashrabia Gallery, Tahrir, Cairo, Egypt    
  • 2016 [ Log-In] – Group exhibition – Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2015 [ Roznama 4 ] – Group exhibition – (CIC) Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2015 [ The Chocolate Bar of The Future ] – Solo Exhibition – Medrar for Contemporary Arts, Cairo, Egypt v 2015 [ Super Market Art Fair ] – Stockholm, Sweden   
  • 2014 [ Mohamed Abla Competition ] – Salah Taher Hall, Opera House, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2014 [ Youth Salon 25 ] – Group exhibition – Palace of Arts, Opera House, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2014 [ Roznama 3 ] – Medrar for Contemporary Arts, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2014 [ 7 Egyptian Artists ] – Al Hanager Art Center, Opera Ground, Egypt   
  • 2013 [Collage Group Exhibition] – Darb 17 18, Old Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2012 [Macaroni Harmony] Fan Medan Festival with Darb 17 18, Abdin Square, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2012 [ Elections Exhibition] – Darb 17 18, Old Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2012 [Agenda Exhibition] – Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt   
  • 2012 [PULSE II] – Tache Art Gallery, Designopolis, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2012 [The Revolution] – Palace of Arts, Opera House, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2011 [Sites of Passage] – Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburg, USA   
  • 2011 [Youth Salon] – Palace of Arts, Opera House, Cairo, Egypt 
  • 2011 [Pulse Exhibition] – Tache Art Gallery, Designopolis, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2011 [Fayoum Winter Academy Showcase] Group exhibition – Cairo Atelier, Egypt   
  • 2011 [Art and Color] Group exhibition – Cairo Atelier, Egypt   
  • 2010 [Saturated Souls 2] Syndicate of Plastic Arts-Opera House, Cairo, Egypt   
  • 2010 [Saturated Souls] Group exhibition – Darb 17 18, Cairo, Egypt

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Screenings & Awards

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  • 2017 [7th Cairo Video Festival] –  Institut Francaisd’Egypte, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2011 [Youth Salon] – Palace of Arts, Opera House, Cairo, Egypt 
  • 2014 [Roznama 3] Medrar for Contemporary Arts, Cairo, Egypt

Artworks Available

Hend Samir
Unexpected Seeds
Acrylic on canvas
38 x 38 cm
Hend Samir
Pool Party
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
Hend Samir
Family Tree
Acrylic on canvas
38 x 38 cm
Hend Samir
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
35 x 45 cm
Hend Samir
Women and children of the fertile crescent
Acrylic on canvas
38 x 38 cm
Hend Samir
Untitled
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 cm