26 May 2022 | 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.tn


Marwa Benhalim (Host) 

Dhia Dhibi (Co-Host), Αlexia Alexandropoulou (Co-Host)


An overview of the Cairo art scene with all its particularities, history, and future possibilities. 



2:00 – 2:20 An introduction to the Cairo art scene and map

2:20 – 2:45 Mohamed Allam – Medrar for Contemporary Art

2:45 – 3:10 Lara El Gibaly – Gypsum Art Gallery

3:10 – 3:35 Rana El Nemr – Visual Artist

3:35 – 4:00 Q&A time


Mohamed Allam

Visual Artist / Co-Founder & Director of Medrar for Contemporary Art

Allam lives and works in Cairo using different mediums such as video, performance, and sound.

He is interested in different forms of performativity, as he playfully creates narratives and interves with existing ones. His work also explores relationships between humans and objects, and the physical environment and context that brings them both together.

He has participated as an artist in numerous events since 2003. Allam is also concerned with art management and has participated in organizing several art events in Cairo. He is a co-founder of the Cairo-based artist initiative ” Medrar for Contemporary Art ” which aims at the promotion of contemporary artistic practices of young artists in Egypt.




Lara El Gibaly

Co-Director of Gypsum Gallery

Lara El Gibaly is a writer and curator based in Cairo, and currently Co-Director of Gypsum Gallery. She has worked with various local arts organizations, including the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) and Medrar, and has written on arts and culture for Mada Masr. She also has an extensive background in news and media production, and has written and produced for the likes of The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Al Jazeera English, the BBC, and Sky News. She holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science from the American University in Cairo and an MA in Cultural studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.




Rana ElNemr

Visual Artist / Co-Founder of CIC

Rana Elnemr is a visual artist based and working with Cairo’s art scene and larger urban environment. Her artistic practice moves from formalist explorations of photography as a medium to genre-bending visual essays of her surroundings in Egypt. Her practice is anchored in questioning what it means to live and experience place and time, through recording, describing and reflecting on this experience via photography, film, texts and conversations. Rana’s artistic process incorporates formal image-making techniques with contemporary artistic practices and it strives to integrate various forms of collaborations in different constellations, such as trans-disciplinary collaborations and alternative pedagogical practices among many others. Her work has been exhibited and acquired by museum collections world-wide. She is one of the founders of the Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) in 2004 and remains an active board member.