Mahmoud Khaled

Mahmoud Khaled, Alexandria (Egypt) 1982

The winner artist of the exchange program between Hangar and CIC of Cairo in 2009
Period of residence: September – November 2009

Mahmoud Khaled is an artist who lives and works between Alexandria and Beirut. Since studying painting, Khaled has focused on exploring how we use the different spaces in which we live and communicate.

He has been interested in issues related to the Internet as a space with infinite possibilities for self-representation, and how the current networked age has changed our personal and professional lives and the way we think about ourselves. Also the fact that on the Internet there is always hope to get rid of your ready-made self, discover another self or find someone else who can change your life, through what he can the “mechanisms” of duality and disparity. He started to think about “dichotomy” and “juxtaposition” as key tactics in his practice and his way of thinking as he practically filter all his ideas through these two concepts, which redefines the work, the elements it is composed of, its internal relationships, meanings, aesthetic qualities and social and political connotations. He also has a stubborn belief that elements cannot survive, as they are, that they can only survive in pairs or in relation to other things. Basically like personal relationships, even if the counterpart is imaginary.

Mahmoud Khaled’s work has been presented by numerous international institutions including AUB Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon; Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria; Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo, Egypt; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdan (SMBA), Amsterdam, Netherlands; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany; Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS), Oslo, Norway and Lofoten International Art Festival, Lofoten, Norway. His work was also shown in biennials including Manifesta 8: European Biennale for Contemporary Art, Seville, and 1st Canary Islands Biennale, Spain. He was awarded the Videobrasil in Context prize in 2012. Khaled lives and works in Alexandria.



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