Born in 1977, Assiut, Egypt

1996-2000 Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt (BFA Painting)


Awards and Prizes:

2016 Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year 2016"
2015 Winner of the Experimental Award at the Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, Portugal.
2014 Winner of the NEW:VISION Award, CPH:DOX Film Festival, Copenhagen
2014 Winner of the Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai
2012 Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev


2017 Only Stone, Bronze and the Sky Shall Outlive All the Rest, hunt kastner, Prague. solo 
2017 Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah UAE (curated by Christine Tohme) 
2017 Colori, Castello di Rivoli and GAM, Torino  (curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev) 
2017 The Written Language of Reality, Hessel Museum, CCS Bard, Annandale on Hudson, USA (curated by Marta Cacciavillani)
2017 It All Started with a Map and a Picture of Scattered Little Houses, Mathaf, Qatar (curated by Laura Barlow) solo 
2017 The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (curated by Lucy Badrocke) solo
2017 Artist's Film Club: Basim Magdy + Q&A with Steven Cairns, ICA London, Cinema 1. April 15 @ 2 pm.
2017 No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects. Works from the Barjeel Collection Hessel Museum, CCS Bard, Annandale on Hudson, USA (curated by Fawz Kabra)

Solo Shows:

2016 The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Curated by Omar Kholeif
2016 No Shooting Stars, Jeu de Paume, Paris. Curated by Heidi Ballet.
2016 No Shooting Stars, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux. Curated by Heidi Ballet
2016 The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome. Curated by Britta Faerber and Anne Palopoli
2016 The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year 2016", Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin. (curated by Britta Faerber)
2016 Some Become Part Time Singers and Some Keep Pretending, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium. (curated by Ils Huygens)
2015 The Ones Who Refuse To Forget, artSümer, Istanbul
2015 The Relentless Repitition of Reality, The Green Parrot, Barcelona. (curated by Rosa Lleo and João Laia)
2015 Great Tricks From Your Future, D-CAF Festival, Cairo. (curated by Mai Abu ElDahab)
2015 The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness, Cecilia Brunson Projects, London. (curated by Regine Basha)
2014 Measuring the Last Breaths of Time on a Fading Scale, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.
2014 An Absent Population Laughs at its Haunting Withdrawal, Art in General, New York (curated by Anne Barlow)
2014 Our Shadows Gasped at the Sight of Their Own Multiplying Shadows, State of Concept, Athens. (curated by Iliana Fokianaki)
2014 Crystal Ball - IndieMovingImage 2014 - ZDB - Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon. (curated by Joao Laia)
2013 A Future of Mundane Miracles, Hunt Kastner, Prague, Czech Republic (show curated by Marketa Stara)
2013 A Steady Progress of Nothingness, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York
2013 Basim Magdy, Espace Croisé – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Roubaix, France (curated by Mo Gourmelon)
2013 Confronting the Monster in a Monster Costume, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (curated by Jean-Paul Felley and Olivier Kaeser)
2013 How to Build an Invisible Monument, Coburn Gallery, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA (curated by Jessica Hunter Larsen)
2012 When Thought Evades the Great Thinker, .artSümer, Istanbul
2011 Pie in the Sky – with Flaka Haliti, Platform Sarai, Frankfurt (curated by Didem Yazici)
2010 One Day We Will Shine Like The Stars, KÖR Kunsthalle Wien public space Karlsplatz, Vienna (curated by Katarzyna Uszynska)
2009 Pray For Me, Fondazione Teseco Per l’Arte, Pisa, Italy (curated by Stefano Coletto)
2009 1968: Memorial to a Rising Continent, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, USA
2009 Last Good Deed, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland (curated by Sabine Schaschl)
2008 On A Better Day Than This, Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt
2008 Blank Light, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland (with Jérôme Leuba)
2007 Brief Encounters with Semi-Fictional Worlds, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Alexandria, Egypt
2007 The Common Deceit of Reality, Okay Mountain, Austin, USA (curated by Regine Basha)
2007 Lost Arks, Uszynska Schaufenster, Vienna (curated by Katarzyna Uszynska)
2007 Gazing at the Miracle of Civilization, ARCO Projects, Madrid, Spain
2006 In the Grave of Intergalactic Utopia, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, USA
2005 Your New Life with Your Old Enemies, ObjectNotFound Project Space, Monterrey, Mexico
2005 Current Whereabouts Unknown, Tyler Drosdeck and Basim Magdy, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, USA
2004 Dream on, Neue Kunst Halle St. Gallen, Fries 02, Switzerland (collaboration with Marianne Rinderknecht)
2003 Two Days to Apocalypse, Falaki Gallery, Cairo
2003 Dream on, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (collaboration with Marianne Rinderknecht)
2003 Hero of the day, The Cold Room Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2002 Re-define, Basim Magdy and Karem Mahrous, The Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt
2001 The Future, The Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt
2000 Paintings, The Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt

Group Shows:

2017 Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (curated by Géraldine Gomez)
2017 'Déplacements' – prologue, Independent Project, Brussels (curated by Lilou Vidal)
2017 Re-effected Matter, Gallery Susanne Ottesen (curated by Pernille With Madsen)
2016 Still Moving, OFFoff art cinema, Ghent, Belgium (curated by Godart Bakkers)
2016 Qalandia International, Ramallah, Palestine (curated by Beth Stryker and Sahar Qawasmi)
2016 Why are We Afraid of Sunsets?, Gdansk City Gallery, Gdansk. Curated by Patrycja Ryłko
2016 Third Nature: On Infrastructure, Alchemy and its Futures, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York. (curated by Laura Herman)
2016 Towards a new shore, NC-Arte, Bogota. (curated by Claudia Segura Campins)
2016 Mapping the Contemporary II, Whitechapel Gallery, London. (curated by Omar Kholeif)
2016 Displacement, Galeri Akinci, Amsterdam.
2016 The Huma Kabakci Collection, Pera Museum, Istanbul
2016 The Time is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah, UAE. (curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh)
2016 Outside the Sentence There Was a City, Salt Ulus, Ankara, Turkey. (curated by November Paynter)
2015 Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York. (curated by Quentin Bajac, Roxana Marcoci and Lucy Gallun)
2015 Indie-Line, artSümer, Istanbul. Curated by Ayşegül Sönmez and Ali Şimşek.
2016 Ideologue, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, US. (curated by Becca Maksym)
2015 Giving Up the Ghost, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
2015 Season in Hell, Gypsum Gallery, Cairo
2015 Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument, MoCP - Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. (curated by Karen Irvine)
2015 The Verdant, Hacienda, Zurich. (curated by Daniel Horn)
2015 Project 35: The Last Act, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. (curated by ICI Independent Curators International - selected by Nat Muller)
2015 Welcome to the Jungle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (curated by Filipa Ramos and Ellen Blumenstein)
2015 Back Talk Part 1: Death of the Artist, Platform Projects, Singapore (curated by OH! Open House.
2015 Displacement of All Places, Uqbar, Berlin (curated by Maja Ciric)
2015 Moving Image Department - Chapter 2, National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic (curated by Adam Budak and Jen Kratochvil
2015 Art as a Verb, Artspace, Sydney, Australia (curated by Charlotte Day, Francis E. Parker and Patrice Sharkey)
2015 The Persistence of Objects, Lismore Castle Arts, Listmore, Ireland (curated by The Common Guild )
2015 La carte postale revisitée, La Companie, Marseille (curated by Caroline Hancock and Paul-Emmanuel Odin)
2015 Black Box 2.0, Aktionsart, Seattle. (curated by Anne Couillaud and Julia Fryett)
2015 Outdoor I, WARM São Paulo, Brazil. (curated by WARM São Paulo and João Laia)
2015 The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, HOME Manchester, Manchester (curated by Omar Kholeif and Sarah Perks)
2015 The New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience, New museum, New York. (curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin)
2015 Art as a Verb, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, Australia (curated by Charlotte Day, Francis E. Parker and Patrice Sharkey)
2015 Lest the Two Seas Meet, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (curated by Tarek Aboul Fetouh and Magdalena Lipska)
2014 Poutrincourt's lecture-voice has gotten quieter and quieter as history's approached its contemporary limit, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm. (curated by Theodor Ringborg)
2014 La Biennale de Monteal, L'avenir - (Looking Forward), Montreal, Canada (curated by Gregory Burke and Peggy Gale with Lesley Johnstone and Mark Lanctôt
2014 Modest Muses, Tatra Museum, Zakopane, Poland. (curated by Kasia Redzisz)
2014 On Site, NYU AD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (curated by Maya Allison)
2014 MEDIACITY Seoul Biennial 2014, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (curated by Chan-kyong Park)
2014 Fatamorgana, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna, Italy (curated by Antonia Alampi)
2014 Art is a Verb, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (curated by Charlotte Day, Francis E. Parker and Patrice Sharkey)
2014I Killed a Bull but I Couldn't be a Torero, Galleri KIT, Trondheim, Norway. (curated by Mahmoud Khaled)
2014 Project 35 - Volume 2, DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI (curated by ICI Independent Curators International - selected by Nat Muller)
2014 The Space Between, Athens. (curated by Locus Athens Maria-Thalia Carras & Olga Hatzidaki
2014 La Boutique Obscure, Espace Croisé, Roubaix, France. (curated by Mo Gourmelon)
2014 Exhibition Nr 23, Conceptual Art Centre Bukovje, Postojna, Sweden
2014 The Elephant Test, Lothringer 13, Munich (curated by Dana Weschke and Jörg Koopmann)
2014 Vernacular Achemists, Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, France. (curated by Etienne Bernard and Antoine Marchand)
2014 So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai
2014 Kill All Monsters, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland. (curated by Reto Thüring, Charlotte Matter and Severine Fromaigeat)
2014 Zipora Fried / Basim Magdy / Nabil Nahas / Dani Tull - On Stellar Rays, New York City, NY
2014 Perpetually Transient - Kunst Raum Riehen, Basel (curated by Heidi Brunnschweiler)
2014 L’anti-Narcisse, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France. (curated by Elfi Turpin)
2014 Fatal Jump From a Stool, Trafo House of Contemporary Art, Budapest (curated by Bori Szalai)
2014 Mémoires Perdues, Europäische Kulturtage, Staadtmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany. (curated by Jacob Birken)
2014 Garden and Spring, Abraaj GroupArt Prize Exhibition, Art Dubai, Dubai. (Curated by Nada Raza)
2013 Centro de Fotografia, Montevideo, Uruguay (curated by ICI Independent Curators International - selected by Nat Muller)
2014 Platform3, Bandung, Indonesia (curated by ICI Independent Curators International - selected by Nat Muller)
2013 Solar - High Line Art, The High Line, New York. (Curated by Cecilia Allemani)
2013 Project 35 – Volume 2. Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (curated by ICI Independent Curators International - Selected by Nat Muller)
2013 Dissident Futures, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (curated by Betti-
Sue Hertz)
2013 Picha Recontre, Lubumbashi Biennial, Democratic Republic of Congo (curated by Elvira
Dyangani Ose)
2013 Biennale Jogja XII, Indonesia (curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong and Sarah Rifky)
2013 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (curated by Fulya Erdemci)
2013 Nostalgia Nervosa, State of Concept, ReMap 4, Athens, Greece (curated by Iliana Fokianaki)
2013 Project 35: Volume 2, VCUarts Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, USA. (curated by ICI Independent Curators International - selected by Nat Muller)
2013 Project 35 Volume 2, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario (curated by ICI Independent Curators International - selected by Nat Muller)
2013 Future Generation Art Prize, A collateral event of La Biennale de Venezia, Venice, Italy (curated by Bjorn Geldhof)
2013 Homeworks, Askhal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (curated by Tarek Abou El Fetouh)
2013 Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE (curated by Yuko Hasegawa)
2012 In the Wintry Thicket of Metropolitan Civilization, AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (curated by Luigi Fassi)
2012 PhotoCairo 5, CIC – Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo (curated by Mia Jankowicz)
2012 Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCenter, Kiev, Ukraine (curated by Bjorn Geldhof)
2012 In 15 Minutes Everyone will be in the Future, Contemporary Art Center, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (curated by Galina Dimitrova-Dimova and Dessislava Dimova)
2012 Self Portrait, .artSümer, Istanbul
2012, Dream City 3, Tunis, Tunisia (curated by Selma and Sofiane Ouissi)
2012 Newtopia, the State of Human Rights, several locations in the city of Mechelen, Belgium (curated by Katerina Gregos)
2012 Le Rencontres Internationales – Paris / Berlin / Madrid, Haus der kulturen der Welt, Berlin (curated by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig)
2012 La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (curated by Okwui Enwezor with Melanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Émelie Renard, and Claire Staebler)
2012 Transmediale. 12, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (curated by Marcel Schwierin / Maha Maamoun and Sarah Rifky)
2011 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid – New Cinema and Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris (curated by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig)
2011 Locus Agonistes – Practices and Logics of the Civic, Argos Art Center, Brussels (curated by Okwui Enwezor)
2011 Futures Past, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark (curated by Ghost of a Dream)
2011 Rehearsal, Galeri NON, Istanbul (curated by Nazli Gurlek)
2011 No Network, 1st Time Machine Biennial of Contemporary Art D. O. ARK Underground, Sarajevo/Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina (curated by Branislav Dimitrijevic)
2011 Locus Agonistes – Practices and Logics of the Civic, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (curated by Okwui Enwezor)
2011 Space. About a Dream, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. (curated by Catherine Hug)
2011 Serious Games, War – Media – Art, Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany (curated by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki)
2010 An Exchange With Sol Lewitt, Mass MOCA – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA and Cabinet Space, New York, USA (curated by Regine Basha)
2010 The Utopian Airport Lounge, Makan, Amman, Jordan (curated by Juliana Smith)
2010 The Total Fuckin’ Darkness Show!, Appartement, Berlin (curated by Jennifer Davy)
2010 Street and Studio – From Basquiat to Seripop, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. (curated by Catherine Hug and Thomas Miessgang)
2010 Indefinite Destination, The Red House – Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia, Bulgaria. (curated by Öyku Özsoy and Vessela Nozharova)
2010 Ce Qui Vient (That Which Comes), Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale dʼart contemporain, Rennes, France (curated by Raphaële Jeune)
2010 As the land Expands, Al Riwaq Art Space, Kingdom of Bahrain (curated by November Paynter)
2010 Why Not? The Palace of Arts, Cairo, Egypt (curated by Mohamed Talaat)
2010 Cheat Codes: lessons in love, The Fine Arts Gallery at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA.(curated by Amelia Winger – Bearskin)
2010 Indefinite Destination, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey. (curated by Öyku Özsoy and Vessela Nozharova)
2010 Cheat Codes: lessons in love, Antena, Pilsen, Chicago, USA. (curated by Amelia Winger – Bearskin)
2009 Scratch, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain (curated by Miguel Ángel Sánchez and Pierre Olivier Rollin)
2009 Where Are You? Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt (curated by Beate Engel)
2009 Tina B. on the Road, TINA B. Festival of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic.
2009 Obsession for Collection – a selection of works from the Lodeveans Collection, Summerfield Gallery, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham (curated by Bob Davison and Stuart Evans).
2009 Alive!, LUXE Gallery, New York (curated by Stephan Stoyanov)
2009 Fragile Monuments, Suzie Q Projects – Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich , Switzerland (curated by Eva Scharrer)
2008 The World Needs a Narrative, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (curated by Kevin Kavanagh and Jacqui McIntosh)
2008 Fake, MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain.
2008 Billboard Text Art: EMERGING WORDS, TINA B. Festival of Contemporary Art, Prague (curated by Grey Zone – Monika Burian, Adam Vackar, Marek Tomin, Kirsimaria Toronen-Ripatti )
2008 Clinch / Cross / Cut, New Jerseyy, Basel, Switzerland
2008 The Geopolitics of Animation, MARCO – Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain (curated by Juan Antonio Alvarez Reyes)
2007 War, Peace and Ecstasy – Artissima Video Lounge, Turin, Italy (curated by Cecilia Alemani)
2007 The Geopolitics of Animation, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo Art (CAAC), Seville, Spain (curated by Juan Antonio Alvarez Reyes)
2007 The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, Apexart, New York, USA
2007 The End Begins, The Gallery at The Hospital, London (curated by Gill Hedley from the Lodeveans Collection)
2007 Me Odio Y Quiero Comprar, Enrique Guerrero Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico. (curated by Ruben Gutierrez)
2007 Out of Place, Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, Lebanon (curated by William Wells)
2007 Histoires Animées, Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing (Nord-Pas de Calais), France (Curated by Marta Gili, Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Lawrence Dreyfus, Neus Miró and Pascale Pronnier)
2006 All about Lies, Apartment Project, Istanbul, Turkey
2006 Històries Animades, Sala Rakalde, Bilbao, Spain (Curated by Marta Gili, Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Lawrence Dreyfus, Neus Miró and Pascale Pronnier)
2006 Murals, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York
2006 Històries Animades, Fundación “la Caixa “- CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain (Curated by Marta Gili, Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Lawrence Dreyfus, Neus Miró and Pascale Pronnier)
2006 Drawing Restraint, Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
2005 PhotoCairo3, The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.
2005 Threat Zone, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio, Texas, USA (curated by Basim Magdy)
2005 Lovely Shanghai Music, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China / Hanover Kunstverein, Hanover, Germany (curated by Team 404 and John Armleder)
2005 Enemy Image, Momenta Art, New York, USA (curated by Elena Sorokina)
2005 Toys, The Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt. (curated by Aleya Hamza)
2005 Posted, Hiscox Art Projects, London, UK (curated by Sas Mackie)
2005 Bling Bling Ka-Ching! Made in America, The Pickled Art Center, Beijing, China (curated by Koan Jeff Baysa and Ryan Harris)
2004 Yellow Pages, MAMCO, Musée dʼart moderne et contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (curated by Team 404 and John Armleder)
2004 Re:source, Art in General, New York, USA
2004 Recollection # 1, ObjectNotFound project space, Monterrey, Mexico
2003 Yellow Pages, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland
2003 Aponoumena, Collapsible Kunsthalle, MIART, Milan, Italy, (with Marianne Rinderknecht)
2003 Work in progress, South African National Gallery (SANG) Annex, Cape Town, South Africa
2001 Al Nitaq Festival of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt.



2017 Tiger Competition for Short Films, IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam
2016 Basim Magdy, Home Artist Film Weekender. Organized by Steven Cairns and Kadeem Oak – ICA London
2016 OLHO, Sao Paulo / Belo Horizonte / Rio de Janeiro
2016 Dust, part of the film program of the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool. Curated by Steven Cairns
2015 The Reflection of the Mineral, The (Re)Action of the Image, Sining Makiling Gallery, University of the Philippines-Los Banos, Philippines. Curated by Juan Canela.
2015 Video Program accompanying "The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning", Human Resources, Los Angeles. Curated by Suzy Halajian.
2015 Projections, 53rd New York Film Festival - NYFF. Curated by Aily Nash, Denis Lim and Gavin Smith.
2015 Ideas City Festival, Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, New York. Organized by the New Museum, New York
2015 We Can't Go Home Again, CAC, Vilnuis, Lithuania. Curated by Emilie Bujès and Anna Manubens.
2015 State of the Art, VIS VIENNA INDEPENDENT SHORTS, 12th International Festival for Short Film, Vienna. Programmed by Elisabeth Kuntner.
2015 Time meant Nothing but the Slow Decay of Meaning, La Companie, Marseille. Screening organized  by Caroline Hancock and Paul-Emmanuel Odin)
2015 Screening of films by Basim Magdy, The Common Guild, Glasgow. Screening and conversation with Luke Collins.
2015 Glow in the Dark, Winter Garden, Flat Time House, London. Film Programme curated by Filipa Ramos and Maria Palacios Cruz.
2015 Art of the Real, Film Society of lincoln Center, New York. Co-programmed by Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes
2015 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
2015 Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium
2015 Tiger Shorts, the 44th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam
2015 Shorts Special, the 44th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam
2014 The Films of Basim Magdy, FIS - Film i Samtidkonsten, Film Screening at ZITA movie theater, Stockholm. Organized by Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris and Nathalie Åhbeck.
2014 CPH:DOX Film Festival, NEW:VISION Award, Copenhagen (award winner)
2014 Shifts and Interruptions, screening program at the Jerusalem Show (curated by Anne Barlow)
2014 The Old Spaghetti Factory, Museum of Contemporary Photography - MoCP, Chicago. Programmed by Karthik Pandian
2014 Where is my Territory? Whitechapel Gallery, London. Organized by Omar Kholeif
2013 Basim Magdy, Screening and discussion, Tate Modern, London. Organized by Stuart Comer.
2013 Romantic Malady, At Home With the Ludksis 10th Edition, RIO Cinema, London
2013 Close Encounters: Peripheral Images and Histories of the Present 2, Film Festival Rotterdam (curated by Omar Kholeif and Peter van Hoof)
2012 A State of Fluidity, Arab Shorts, Transmediale, Berlin (curated by Maha Maamoun and Sarah Rifky / Marcel Schwieren)
2011 A State of Fluidity, Arab Shorts, Goethe Institute, Cairo (curated by Maha Maamoun and Sarah Rifky)
2011 Musée d’art contemporain de Baie Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada.
2010 Others2Specify, White Box, New York (curated by Specify Others)
2010 Questioning Narrative: In Conversation with Basim Magdy, BIO OKO (OKO CINEMA) in collaboration with FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art (organized by Markéta Stara)
2010 By Other Means, Samuso: Space for Contemporary Art, Seoul (curated by November Paynter)
2009 Last Stop for Love, Virginia Cultural Center, Newseum Museum, Rosslyn, VA, U.S.A (curated by Amelia Winger-Bearskin)
2009 The Message, Art Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E. (curated by Sylvia Kouvali)
2009 Aspirations: The Fable, The Dream and The Thousandth and One Night, Art Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E. (curated by Aida Eltorie)
2008 NADA Video Nights, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA (curated by November Paynter)



The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys, 2014, Super 16mm film transferred to Full HD video. 13min . 22 sec.
The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness, 2014, Super 16mm film transferred to Full HD video. 11 min . 09 sec.
The Dent, 2014, Super 16mm film transferred to Full HD video. 19 min 02 sec. (Commissioned by the Abraaj Group Art prize 2014)
Crystal Ball, 2013, Double Super 8 transferred to HD video. 7 min.
Time Laughs Back at You Like a Sunken Ship, 2012, Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 9 min. 31 sec.
13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World, 2011. Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 5 min. 16 sec.
On The Good Earth, 2011, Super 8, Double Super 8 and iPhone videos transferred to HD video. 4 min. 37 sec.
My Father Looks For An Honest City, 2010, Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 5 min. 28 sec.
A Film About The Way Things Are, 2010, Super 8 film transferred to video. 11 min. 07 sec.
Turtles All The Way Down, 2009, Super 8 film and DV on DVD, 10 min. 09 sec.
Maybe There is a Message, 2008, video, 6 min. 55 sec.
Two Days to Apocalypse, 2003, Flash animation transferred to DVD. 3 min. 29 sec.


Instagram Takeovers of Art Institutions:

2017 Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (upcoming) @arnolfiniarts
2017 MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago @mcachicago
2016 Jeu de Paume, Paris @jeudepaumeparis


2009 In Art We Trust, online project, organized bt Artist Pension Trust (curated by Yulia Tikhonova)
2009 Last Good Deed, double-sided poster for Kunsthaus Baselland
2008 Pool of Possibilities: Mapping Currents of the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Asia Art Archive, Seoul (curated by Stina Edblom)
2008 MUTE Magazine, artist project with 3 drawings, Vol. 1, August
2008 Chimurenga Magazine # 12 and 13. Dr Satanʼs Echo Chamber.
2008 Voices: Basim Magdy, NY Art Magazine, January – February.
2007 Cairo Interview Project with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
2007 An artist project comprised of 2 images and a short story for Gringo Magazine.
2007 A Cunning Plan, a project of disseminated images in 3 art publications: Artl!es, Art Papers and The Okay Mountain Reader in the spring of 2007 in conjunction with the show: The Common Deceit of Reality at Okay Mountain, Austin (curated by Regine Basha)
2005 Interruption, a project for Campus Magazine (curated by Aleya Hamza)
2004 The Decline Of Space, an outdoor installation at Art Omi, New York, USA
2003 Going Places, a project for public buses. Cairo, Egypt (curated by Mai Abu ElDahab)


Residencies / Workshops:

2014 Art in General, New York.
2011 Le Conteurs, Symposium International d’Art Contemporain de Baie-St-Paul, organized by Musée d’art contemporain de Baie Saint-Paul, Quebec, Canada (residency)
2010 FUTURA – Center For Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic (residency)
2010 Platform Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey (residency)
2004 Art Omi, New York, USA (residency)
2003 Open Studios, The Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art, Cairo, Egypt (workshop)
2003 Wasla International Artists Workshop, Nweiba, Egypt (organizer)
2003 Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa (residency)
2003 Thupelo International Artists Workshop, Malmesbury, South Africa
2002 Braziers International Artists Workshop, Ipsden, Oxfordshire, UK
2002 Internationale Austausch Region Basel, iaab studios, Basel, Switzerland (residency)
Grants / Prizes:
2009 Tavel / Production Grant, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Art Council)
2003 Project grant, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Art Council)
2003 Residency/Travel grant, Ford Foundation
2002 Residency grant, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Art Council)


Selected Bibliography:

2016 "Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago", Artforum, September 2016
2016 Hannah Schraven, "Basim Magdy / Deutsche Bank KunstHalle", Frieze d/e no. 25 Fall 2016
2016 Louisa Elderton, "Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings", ArtReview, September issue.
2016 Ive Stevenheydens, "Basim Magdy, Over de onmogelijkheid van tijd / About the impossibility of time", Metropolis M, 24 May 2016
2016 Oliver Koerner von Gustorf, "Permanent Presence", ArtMag by Deutsche Bank. Issue 10, April 2016.
2016 Amelia Wischnewski, "Die Zukunft von Gestern / The Future of Yesterday", Art  05/2016
2015 Kate Sutton, "Basim Magdy, ArtSümer, Istanbul", Frieze, Issue 175 November - December 2015
2015 Ari Akkermans, "Beyond the triennial, three artists fight isolation in Istanbul", Hyperallergic. October 13, 2015
2015 Eleanor Clayton, "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things", Art Monthly. Issue 338, July/August 2015
2015 Jelena Stojković, "Endframe: A World Within A World Within a World Within a World Within An Orange Coral Wall", British Journal of Photography, Issue 7834, April 2015
2015 Stephane Bailey, "Surround Audience: The New Museum Triennial", Leap 32. April 2015
2015 In Conversation: Basim Magdy and Xin Zhou, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2, 2015
2015 Jessica Loudis, "And the images circulate endlessly: The New Museum Triennial explores contemporary digital life", Art Mag by Deutsche Bank. March 2015
2015 Andrew Stefan Weiner, "Surround Audience: New Museum Triennial 2015", Art Agenda. Feb 26, 2015
2015 Holland Cotter, "New Museum Triennial Casts a Wary Eye on the Future", The New York Times. Feb 26, 2015
2015 Gowri Balasegaram, "Basim Magdy: The Many Colours of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness", Droste Effect, Feb 3, 2015
2015 Tara Judah, "Basim Magdy Explores the Farthest Reaches of our Dreamlike Haze in 'Waking Life'", Fipresci, the international federation of film critics. February 2015
2015 Regine Basha, "Basim Magdy: Optical Trauma", ArteEast, Winter 2015
2015 Erika Balsom, "Short Circuits: On shorts at the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam", ArtForum February 03, 2015
2015 Stephanie Bailey, "The Space Between - One Athens", Art Papers. January 2015
2015 Daniel Horn, " Basim Magdy's "Measure the Last Breaths of Time on a Fading Scale", Art Agenda, January 8. 2015
2015 Gregory Volk, "Montreal Biennale", Art in America, January 2015
2014 Tom Morton, "Highlights 2014" Frieze Blog, December 18, 2014
2014 Anne Szefer Karlsen, "Out of Context", Billedkunst, no. 7, 2014
2014 Joseph Audeh, "The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures", Art Asia Pacific. December 2014
2014 Hunter Braithwaite, "Between Two Tomorrows: The 2014 Montreal Biennale", The Miami Rail, Winter 2014
2014 Murtaza Vali, "Of Failures and Withdrawals: An Interview with Basim Magdy", Art in America, December 3, 2014.
2014 James Lattimer, "CPH:DOX 2014. Degrees of the Documentary" Notebook I MUBI, December 2, 2014
2014 Ilaria Bombelli, "Fatamorgana", Art Agenda, December 1st, 2014
2014 “Basim Magdy”, The New Yorker, December 1st, 2014
2014 Antonia Alampi, “Basim Magdy”, Flash Art International no. 297. July / August / September.
2013 Alia Al-Sabi, "The Blurred and the Bizarre: Basim Magdy", Canvas, Volume 10, Issue 3, March / April 2014
2014 Stephanie Bailey, "Strange Fiction" Modern Painters, January 2014
2014 Noemi Smolik, "Basim Magdy - hunt kastner, Prague" ArtForum, January 2014
2013 Wassan Al-Khudhairi, "Another Side of Reality: An Interview with Basim Magdy" Art 21 Magazine, October / November issue.
2013 Omar Kholeif, " Dancing with Barbarians - The 13th Istanbul Biennial" IBRAAZ, 30 September 2013
2013 Hanno Rauterberg, "Sie werden dich beißen - Biennale in Istanbul" Zeit, 28 September 2013
2013 Berin Golonu, "Istanbul Biennial Launches in an Uneasy City" Art in America, September 12, 2013
2013 Jess Wilcox, "Home Works 6" Modern Painters. September 2013
2013 As told to Stephanie Bailey "Basim Magdy - 500 Words", 04.09. 2013
2013 Stephanie Bailey, "Sharjah Biennial 11 - Towards a New Cultural Cartography", Leap. Issue 21, June 2013
2013 Daniella Rose King, “Future Generation Art Prize 2013”. IBRAAZ, 29 July 2013
2013 Stephanie Bailey, “Art Basel Report Part II: LISTE 18 - The Kids Are Alright”, Ocula, 17.6.2013
2013 Jennifer Higgie, "Sharjah Biennial 11" Frieze. Issue 156
2013 Karen Rosenberg, "Basim Magdy: A steady Progress of Time" New York Times. May 2, 2013
2013 Fawz Kabra, "A Steady Progress of Nothingness - Basim Magdy at Newman Popiashvili" IBRAAZ, 22.4.2013
2013 Jens Emil Sennewald, “Paris: Basim Magdy” Kunst Bulletin 3/2013
2012 Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Photo Ops” 11.29.2012
2012 Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Daydream Nation” 10.8.2012
2011 Sam Steverlynck, “Arabic Autumn”, Agenda, September 2011
2011 Nancy Atakan, “Rehearsal”, Flash Art, October 2011
2011 Nat Muller, “Not Seeing What You Get: Basim Magdy’s First Day of Mischief Training”, De Volkskrant, September 9, 2011
2011 Hortense Pisano, “Blut, künstlich wie Ketchup”,, 1 June 2001
2011 André-Louis Paré, “Ce qui vient, la 2e biennale de Rennes”, ESSE Art + Opinions, no. 71, Winter 2011
2009 Özge Ersoy, “Hybrid Models in Art Infrastructure: A Glimpse at the Artist Pension Trust Dubai” RES, no. 4 September 2009
2009 Nat Muller, “Wie sich vor dem Epischen schützen?”, Springerin, 2/09
2009 Horace Brockington, “The Best of Cairo”, NY ARTS Magazine, Summer 2009
2009 Hans Rudolf Reust, “Fragile Monuments, Suzie Q Projects – Galerie Bob van Orsouw”. Art Forum, May 2009.
2009 Eva Scharrer, “Basim Magdy, Kunsthaus Baselland”, Kunstbulletin, 3, 2009
2008 Cathryn Drake, “Basim Magdy, Townhouse Gallery”, Art Forum, September 2008
2008 Karen N. Gerig, “Attack on the self-confidence”, Basler Zeitung, 21. February 2008
2008 Dietrich Roeschmann, “The Logic of Fear”, Kunstmagazin Regioartline, no. 2.2008, March
2007 Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Basim Magdyʼs art of the ambiguous and absurd”, The Daily Star Lebanon, 3 July.
2007 Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, “Out of Place exhibition finds a temporary home in Beirut “, The Daily Star Lebanon, 12 April.
2007 Rachel Cook, “Basim Magdy: Mud Pools and how we got ourselves to look for Bigfoot Heaven”, Glasstire, May
2007 Victoria Ambrosini-Chenivesse, “Art, kitsch and nationalism in Egypt and Syria”, Art Press, issue 333, April
2007 Brian Kuan Wood, “Basim Magdy, In the Grave of Intergalactic Utopia”, Bidoun, issue 09, vol.1
2006 Nick Stillman, “Basim Magdy, Newman Popiashvili Gallery”, Art Forum, November
2006 Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, “La Ilusión de Vida”, NYArts Magazine, September/October
2006 Rose Longhurst, «Sounds of Synthesis», Shanghai Star, 01.06.2006
2006 Anjali Gupta, “Threat Zone, San Antonio Review”, Art Papers, March/April
2006 Jennifer Davy, “Threat Zone” Artlies, winter issue
2005 Holland Cotter, «Art in Review» The New York Times, October 7
2004 Negar Azimi, “Aperto Cairo” Flash Art, October 2004, Vol. XXXVII, No. 238
2004 Ursula Badrutt Schoch, “ Unbehagen im Paradies” Tagblatt St. Gallen, 24 September
2004 Franklin Sirmans, “9th Cairo International Biennial” Art Asia Pacific, spring 2004, no. 40
2004 Mai Abu ElDahab, “Going Places” Bidoun Magazine, spring 2004, issue 00
2004 Lilly Wei, “The Cairo Effect” Art in America, May
2003 Dina Ramadan, «Remote Connection: Wasla Contemporary Art Workshop» Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Spring/Summer
2003 Prita Meier, «Territorial struggles: contemporary art in Cairo», Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Spring/Summer 2003
2003 Dina Ramadan, «Art in the midst of war» Cairo Times, volume 7, issue 6
2003 Scott Bailey, «Cairo review», Contemporary, April issue.
2003 Richard Woffenden, «Three Painters» Cairo Times, volume 6, issue 44
2001 Nigel Ryan, «A little Che» Al-Ahram Weekly, issue no. 558, 1-7 November
2000 Richard Woffenden, «Raw Distress» Cairo Times, volume 4, issue 30


Selected Publications / Catalogues:

2012 Intense Proximity – An Anthology of the Near and the Far, ed. Okwui Enwezor with Melanie Bouteloup, Emilie Renard, Claire Staebler and Abdellah Karroum. Published by Palais de Tokyo.
2011 Space – About a Dream, ed. Catherine Hug. Published by Kunsthalle Wien and Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst. 
2011 Fifteen Ways to Leave Badiou, ed. Bassam El Baroni and Mahmoud Khaled. Published by Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF)
2011 Unfolding Perspectives: Beyond Identity – and beyond, ed. Andrea Rauschenbusch with Judith Gärtner, Christian Heinz and Caspar Sessler. Published by Textem Verlag.
2011 Serious Games: War Media Art, ed. Ralf Beil and Antje Ehmann. Published by Mathidenhöhe Dramstadt and Hatje Cantz.
2010 Street and Studi from Basquiat to Seripop, ed. Catherine Hug and Thomas Miessgang. Published by Kunsthalle Wien and Verlag fuer Moderne Kunst.
2009 The Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory, ed. Laura Hoptman, Lauren Cornell and Massimiliano Gioni. Published by Phaidon and the New Museum, New York
2008 In The Arab World … Now, interview with Audrey Mascina, Galerie Enrico Navarra.
2006 Histories Animades, Ed. Marta Gili, Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Lawrence Dreyfus, Neus Miró and Pascale Pronnier. Le Fresnoy and Fundacio “la Caixa”
2005 20 Jahre Kunsthalle St. Gallen, JRP / Ringier, Zurich
2005 A Brighter Future Than The Ones We Had Before, Basim Magdy (edition of 600 – full color)
2004 Yellow Pages. Ed. John Armleder and Team 404.
2004 Dream on, Marianne Rinderknecht and Basim Magdy. Ed. Gianni Jetzer. Neue Kunst Halle St. Gallen
2003 Wasla workshop for Contemporary Art catalogue. Ed. Mai Abu ElDahab
2003 Braziers 2002 catalogue
2001 Art and the Islamic World, Richard Woffenden «The state of the arts in Egypt», volume 35