Khaled Hafez is born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963 where he currently lives and works. From 1981 till 1990 Hafez followed the evening classes of the Cairo Fine Arts while studying medicine. He attained MFA in New Media from Transart Institute / Danube University Krems, Austria in 2009. Hafez practice spans the mediums of painting, video/film, photography, installation and interdisciplinary approaches. 

Exhibitions include:


– Solo Presentation: Skin of DNA, Shelter Art Space, Alexandria, Egypt
-Vision de l’Humain, curated by Aly Said, French Institute, Alexandria, Egypt (March).
– Kill the Boss, curated by Fani Zguro, Galeri N, Bursa, Turkey (March – April)
-Wisdom of Visual Memory, curated by Beral Madra, Tophane-i Amire / Cannon Factory, Istanbul, Turkey (April – May).
– The Skin of DNA, solo presentation, Shelter Art Space, Alexandria, Egypt (October – November).
-Codes of DNA, solo presentation Picasso East Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (November – December).
-Digital Convergences, Kramer Gallery, Noyes Museum Hammonton, NJ, USA (September 2020 – January 2021).


Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World, American University Museum,    

   Katzen Arts Center, Washington DC, USA.

Solo Presentation: Il était une fois à Éden, Ofok Gallery, M. Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo.

– Solo Presentation: Éden, the Alexandria Chapter, Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt.


Solo Presentation: Khaled Hafez – Realms of the Hyperreal, Nome Gallery, Berlin, Germany

– Nazar: Un Oeil Ouvert sur le Monde Arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.

Nothing Vanishes, Everything Transforms, Group Presentation, Manial Palace, Cairo, Egypt

Curitiba Biennale 2017: Antipodes – Profusion of Image Memorial de Curitiba, Brazil.

Evidentary Realism II, Group Presentation Curated by Paolo Cirio, Nome Gallery, Berlin.


UTOCORPIS: Les Corps Utopiques, Institut Francais de Casablanca, Morocco

VİDEOİST: Unfold, Arte Sanat Galerisi, Ankara, Turkey

– 57th Venice Biennale, The Bridge: Cultural Diversity in Question, Curated by Omar Donia, Grenada National Pavilion

– Curitiba Biennale 2017: Antipodes – Profusion of Image, Curated by Royce Smith & Dannys Montes de Oca, Memorial de Curitiba, Brazil.

2nd Asunción Biennale, Curated by Royce W. Smith, Paraguay.

THESE CAMERAS STAY ON , 2nd Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival – AMIFF 2017, curated by Anastasia Patsey, Harstad, Norway.

Evidentary Realism II, Curated by Paolo Cirio, Nome Gallery, Berlin, Germany


– The Body & Other Small Tales, Crete Museum of Contemporary Art, Collection of the   Thessaloniki State Museum of Art

UTOCORPIS: Les Corps Utopiques, Institut Francais, Dakar, Senegal

Synchronization – Syncopation, London Biennale Manila Pollination, Philippines

ReFrame, Transart Triennale Video Program, UFERSTUDIOS, Berlin, Germany

– Mulliqi Prize 2016, Kosovo National Art Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo

– ONUFRI XXII: Galeria Kombetare E Arteve, National Gallery of Art Tirana, Albania

– Cairotronica, 1st Symposium of Electronic Art, Palace of the Arts, Cairo, Egypt

VICEVERSA (N-S-E-O), Museuo Provincial de Holguin, Cuba

– 2nd DocuTIFF 2016, 14th Tirana International Film Festival, Albania


Alanica: The Experimental Way; 6th Moscow Biennale, Russia

– Solo Presentation: Codes of Hermes, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA

– Solo Presentation: A Temple for Extended Days, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

– 1st Trio Biennale, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

– 1st Bienal del Sur, Caracas, Venezuela

– 3rd Mardin Biennale, Turkey

– View From Inside: Contemporary Arab Photography, Video & Mixed-Media Art 

  Abu Dhabi Festival 2015, UAE. 

– Speak Together, Hofburg, Imperial Museum, Innsbruck, Austria.

Hidden Subject: Parallax, Arte Sanat and Foya Art Gallery, Ankara.

– 3rd Mardin Biennale, Mardin Museum and several locations, Mardin, Turkey.

– 56th Venice Biennale: In the Eye of the Thunder Storm: Official Collateral.


– A Room of His Own: Masculinities in Korea & Middle East, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea.

I’m Better Than Tomorrow, Hayaka Arti, Istanbul, Turkey

ISEA 2014: International Symposium of Electronic Art, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE.

Mapping Strife, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA.

– FotoFest 2014 International Biennial, Houston, Texas, USA.

The Art of Life: Between Tradition and Change, Uppsala Museum of Art, Sweden.

Images of the Sensible, Kuad Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.

Tradition-Reversal, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina.

– Hajj, Le Pèlerinage à La Mecque, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.


Solo Presentation: Berlin Chromosome, Galerie Naimah Schütter, Berlin, Germany.

Solo Presentation: Handling Memories, AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland.

Solo Presentation: Beyond The Codes, Raymaluz Gallery, Madrid, Spain.

Solo Presentation: Moving Forward by the Day, Meem Gallery, Dubai, UAE.

– Portable Nation: Disappearance as work in progress, 55th Venice Biennale: Maldives 

Tradition-Reversal, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

  Pavilion, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy.

The Shadows Took Shape, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA. 

Tussen Verhulling en Moderniteit, Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Belgium.

Reimagining Egypt, Saffron Walden Museum, Essex, UK.

– ALANICA 7: 7th International Contemporary Art Symposium, Vladikafkaz Museum, North   

  Ossetia, Russia.

– Longing for Mecca: The Pilgrim’s Journey, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The 


25 Years of Arab Creativity, National Museum of Art, Manama, Bahrain.

– Khaled Hafez: Deciphering the Past Within the Present, A.R.T.e.s. Galerie, University of 

   Koeln, Germany.

– Egyptian Art Today, AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland.

– Twenty-Five Years of Arab Creativity, Emirates Palace Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

– (ONE) HOPE MAP, Curated by Mohammed Ikoubaân & Michel Dewilde, i.k.v. Horizon 4,     

  Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Belgium.

Desert Shouts / City Whispers, Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Passages Africaines, Les Chantiers de la Lune, La Seyne-sur-mer, France.

Grounded: Back to Square 1, Lopez Museum, Manila, Philippines.


Khaled Hafez, Video Art Program, Windows Upon the World, Hiroshima MOCA, Japan

– 2nd Kathmandu International Art Festival, Nepal

Rencontres de Bamako / Fondation Blachere Laureats Presentation, Apt, France

Liberation – A Process Review, Havremagasinet, Boden, Sweden

Vingt-cinq Ans de Créativité Arabe, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

1st Santorini Biennale, Greece, 2012

41st International Film Festival Rotterdam, Holland

The Art of Hajj: Pilgrimage Exhibition, British Museum, London, UK

Lowave Rising Images, Cinema du Reel, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France

Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Subversion: A Comedy of Manners, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK

– 11th Havana Biennale, Cuba


9th Bamako Encounters, National Museum of Art, Mali

Reframing Reality, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark

8th Mercusol Biennale, Porto Allegre, Brazil

Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia, South Hill Park, Bracknel, UK

Miragem / Mirage, 
 Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janero, Brazil

East from 4°24′: COLLECTIE XXVII, MuHKA Museum of Art, Antwerp, Belgium

Miragem / Mirage: Contemporary Art in the Islamic World, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao   

  Paolo, Brazil 

RESISTANCE(S) III: Arab Video Arts, Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey

Windows Upon Oceans, State Museum of contemporary art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Miragem / Mirage: Contemporary Art in the Islamic World, Museo Nacional do Conjunto 

  Cultural da Republica, Brasilia, Brazil


– 12th Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

– Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain

– Miragem / Mirage, 
 Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janero, Brazil

– Resistance(s) III, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy 

– Resistance(s) III, Casa Àrabe, Madrid, Spain

3rd World Festival of Black Arts: Modernities + Resistances, Dakar, Senegal

– CAVE: Contemporary Arab Video Encounter
, Maraya Arts Center, Sharjah, UAE 

– Tarjama/Translation, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
, Icatha, New York, USA

– The Presidents: Remix, Blancpain Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

– What’s Happening Now?: Contemporary Art from Egypt, Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain

– Fuck Ups, Fables & Fiascos, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany

– IN/FLUX: Awkward Conversations, 17th African Film Festival, New Museum, NY, USA 

– Categorical Imperatives, The Guild Gallery, Bombay, India

– Resistance(s) III, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France


– Tarjama / Translation, Queens Museum, New York, USA

– 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki, Greece

– Deconstructing Myths & Reality, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany

– Icons Reloaded, Galerie ElyseeArts, Liege, Belgium

– Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


– Borderlines, Le Violin Blue Gallery, London, UK

– 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, China

– Breaking News, F&A Projects, Paris, France

– Cairoscape: Images, Imagination and Imaginary of a Contemporary Mega City, 

  Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany 

– Neighbors in Dialogue, Collegium Artisticum, Skenderija Centre, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Om Kalsoum la quatrième pyramide, Institut du Mode Arabe, Paris, France 

Collectiepresentatie XXI, MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium 

Trilogie Méditerranéenne: From Athens to Marseille to Cairo, Palais des Arts, 

  Marseille, France 

Arab Artists Between Italy & the Mediterranean, Italian Cultural Institute, 

  Damascus, Beirut & Cairo

– Gates of the Mediterranean, Palazzo Piozzo Rivoli, Turin, Italy


– Contact Zone, Bamako Museum of Art, Bamako, Mali 

– The Present Out of the Past Millennia, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

– Recognize, Contemporary Platform, London, UK

– This Day, Tate Modern, London, UK

– 7th Sharjah Biennale, UAE

– Without Title, MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium

– Neighbors in Dialogue, Fezhane, Istanbul, Turkey


– 1st Singapore Biennale, Singapore

– 7th Dakar Biennale, Senegal

– Images of the Middle East, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Copenhagen, 



– Mediterranean Encounters, Horcynus Orca Foundation, Messina, Italy


– 6th Dak’Art 2004 Dakar Biennale, Senegal (Francophonie Prize)


– Cairo Modern Art in Holland, Fortiscircus Theater, Den Haag, Holland

Solo Exhibitions

2019 – Éden, the Alexandria Chapter, Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt.

2019 – Il était une fois à Éden, Ofok Gallery, M. Mahmoud Khalil Museum, Cairo, Egypt

2018 – Khaled Hafez – Realms of the Hyperreal Nome Gallery, Berlin

2015 – Temple for Extended Days Ayyam Gallery Dubai, UAE

2015 – Codes of Hermes Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, USA

2013 – Berlin Chromosome Galerie Naimah Schütter, Berlin, Germany

2013 – Handling Memories AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland

2013 – Beyond The Codes Raymaluz Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2013 – Moving Forward by the Day Meem Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2012 – Codes, Symbols & Stockholm syndrome Safarkhan Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2010 – First Temple of Flight Almasar Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2010 – Gods & Superheroes Galleria Luz & Suarez, Madrid, Spain

2008 – Desert Snow & Other Stories Galleria San Carlo, Milan, Italy

2007 – More Chromosomes Il Divano Di George, Modena, Italy

2006 – North-East to Southwest Espace Doual’Art, Douala, Cameroon

2006 – Philadelphia Chromosome Galleria San Carlo, Milan, Italy

2006 – Kartomania & Tout-en-Karton French Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt

2005 – French memories CCM Jean Gagnant, Limoges, France

2005 – African Memories Chantiers de la Lune, Toulon, France

2004 – Kartonopolis & some 10 years later Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2002 – Nut, the President’s Necktie & Batman Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

2000 – Icons of the Second Floor Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

1999 – Halfway Home & the Electronic Gods Guezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt

1999 – Faster Than the City Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

1998 – Visions of a Rusty Memory Cairo-Berlin Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

1998 – Unimportant Items Cairo Atelier, Cairo, Egypt

1992 – Steps on Desert Sands Akhenaton III Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

1990 – Prisoner of Freedom Cairo Atelier, Cairo, Egypt

1989 – A Tale of Two Leos Nile Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

1987 – Délires French Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt

Public Collections:

The British Museum, London, UK

State Museum of Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

The Saatchi Collection, London, UK

MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium

Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Horcynus Orca Foundation, Messina, Italy

Mali National Museum, Bamako, Mali

Maraya Art Centre, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Museum of Modern Art, Egypt

Film Festivals Include:

14th Tirana International Film Festival, 2016

41st Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012

15th International Short Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland, 2011

CPH:DOX/ Copenhagen Film Festival, Denmark, 2011

17th African Film Festival, New Museum, New York, USA, 2010

1st AMAL Film Festival, Spain, 2007

8th Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypt, 2004


Fulbright Fellow 2005

Rockefeller Fellow 2009

Visiting Artist: Fulbright Fellow, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, USA, 2005. 

Visiting Artist: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Limoges, France, 2005.

Visiting Artist: Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Italy, 2009.

Visiting Artist: McColl Center for Visual Arts, North Carolina, USA, 2009.

Nominations Include:

2015 – Jameel Art Prize.

2012 – The 4th Prix Pictet Photography Prize (Long list).

2011 – The Sovereign African Art Prize (Short list). 

Spoke at:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA, USA (2005 & 2009), the British Museum (UK, 2011, 2012), Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, Germany (Germany, 2013, 2014), Kunstmuseum Bonn (Germany, 2007), University of North Carolina in Charlotte (USA, 2009), Boden Havremagasinet Museum (Sweden, 2012), RICE University, Houston, TX (USA, 2014).