Elham Khattab is a curator, art manager, and researcher.
In her early career and as a fine arts graduate, she focused on contemporary art in her curatorial work that is when she founded Out Of The Circle Organization to support Egyptian artists. Over the last eight years, her curatorial work is shifted and dedicated to new media art, in particular, noticing it as a fast-growing medium in Egypt. From 2013 to the present, she organized and curated New media and digital art festivals, exhibitions, and research projects. Her curatorial work was able to grow beyond Egypt to North Africa when she worked on the First Phase of DIGI MENA mapping research with the Curators team from North Africa. Internationally she curated projects in Syria and Germany besides curated the digital art festival in Cairo when her organization invited international guests from Europe, UK, Africa, and the United States.
The focus of her research is digital art in North Africa and the Middle East that she started in 2017 when initiating the idea with curators’ colleagues from North Africa to start the “Digi MENA” research. DIGI MENA is research divided into three phases North Africa, the Gulf area, and the Levant. With the support of the Goethe Institute, the North Africa research phase was made possible.
Since 2008 I Cairo, Egypt I Out Of The Circle Organization
2008 – 2006 I Cairo, Egypt I El-Sawy CultureWheel I Exhibitions Manager
1981 I Born in Cairo, Egypt
2012 I Leipzig, Germany I Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (GFZK) I Internship
2012 I London, UK I University of Arts London, Central Saint Martin I Curating and Arts Criticism Short Courses
2004 – 1998 I Cairo, Egypt I Helwan University, Faculty of Fine Art I Bachelor Studies
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