Nadia Mounier Elsayed is a visual artist, mainly working with photography and video. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in applied arts from Hulwan University, Cairo, in 2010 and has been participating in several workshops and art programs since then. After completing her postgradual studies at MASS Alexandria, an independent arts space, Mounier opened her first solo exhibition I will defend myself, a contemporary image collection, in Cairo. In cooperation with the arts collective Cairo Bats she tackles the multifaceted potential of urban structures in a playful way.
Her work mainly centers on image theory and the circulation of images between private and public contexts and their effect on people’s self-perceptionin the Arab world. She is interested in exploring gender roles that negotiate multiple gazes and histories through images. Furthermore, she practices »street photography« and documentary photogaphy which brings the marginal and the unusual into n elaborate composition. The portrayal of the everyday’s aesthetic is her main concern.
Mounier was rewarded with numerous scholarships, for example the Roznama prize/ Cairo and participated in residency programs such as the youth camp of the Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF)/ Egypt or the Maroc Artist Meeting (MAM)/ Marrakech, Morocco. She published works such as What Remains - The Golden Records at Fotogalleriet or Alexandria: City Guide, published at AUC, Cairo.
Nadia Mounier is a fellow in cooperation with Goethe-Institut and Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden.