Delfina Foundation

Mo Nabil

London: 01/08/11 — 30/09/11

Born in Egypt in 1986, Mo Nabil is an artist based in Alexandria, Egypt whose practice spans video/film, painting, installation and interventions. Increasingly, Mo’s work has been exhibited internationally, and at VIENNAFAIR 2011, he was awarded a residency and exhibition.

Mo has participated in a number of regional workshops including Bytes and Pieces, as part of the Sharjah Art Foundation Education Programme, with Tarek Atoui, and most recently, a workshop with Sherif El Azma at Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) that produced Video by the Kilo, an exhibition of new video works by seven Alexandria-based artists. In Mo’s contribution, he explores performativity and the public address as a medium through a re-enactment of the last speech in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940). The video piece skilfully questions power dynamics and concerns of the self versus the other within a problematic social system.

Mo has also curated Shopping Malls, as part of ACAF’s programme of inviting young artists to work with their team on devising their own exhibitions with other young artists. The project explored a variety of issues surrounding the shopping mall phenomenon in Egypt.