Mobile Lab Egypt Exhibition


Photo by Heba Khamis

As part of the 2023 Mobile Lab Egypt public programme, The Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP)—a joint initiative between the Prince Claus Fund, the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, and the Magnum Foundation—showcases the exhibition "Presence", a journey into vulnerability, exposure, and openness. Exhibiting artists put their personal presence and the presence of their family stories at the center of their project. "Presence" raises the essential question about the relationship between the public and the private through stories, in which we, our ordinary daily lives and traumas, are the heroes.

The exhibition is curated by multimedia artist and 2015 ADPP Awardee, Heba Khalifa, and 2018 ADPP Mentor Randa Shaath, and it features multidisciplinary artist and 2016 ADPP Awardee, Sara Sallam; photographer and 2017 ADPP Awardee, Hesham Elsherif; photographer and 2019 ADPP Awardee, Ravy Shaker; visual artist and 2020 ADPP Awardee, Amina Kadous; and photojournalist and 2021 ADPP Awardee, Doaa Nasr.

The exhibition is part of the Lab's public programme and its opening takes place on 18 September, 17:00-18:00 (GMT+3) at Tahrir Cultural Center at the American University in Cairo

Please note that the capacity for the Exhibition has been fully reached. Reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or requests. 


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Heba Khalifa

Heba Khalifa is a multimedia artist, photojournalist, painter and 2015 ADPP Awardee. She uses photography as an essential part of her artistic projects, documenting and representing women and gender issues.

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Randa Shaath

Randa Shaath is a photographer and 2018 ADPP Mentor, known for her lucid black-and-white photographs that document the daily life of Cairo residents and the rapid transformations in the city.

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Sara Sallam

Sara Sallam is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and 2016 ADPP Awardee, working on the themes of loss and longing and exploring ways of visualising things we cannot see and portraying people we can no longer meet.


Ravy Shaker

Ravy Shaker is a documentary photographer and 2019 ADPP Awardee, who works as a photojournalist for the Egyptian newspaper, Al Shorouk, and is interested in documenting the political and social issues in contemporary Egypt.

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Amina Kadous

Amina Kadous is a visual artist and 2020 ADPP Awardee. She is driven by the spirit of inquiry as she seeks to comprehend the ambiguities of life through the interactive nature of viewer, photographer, object, and environment.

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Doaa Nasr

Doaa Nasr is a photojournalist and 2021 ADPP Awardee. She is a member of African Photojournalism Database and Women Photograph, and she's interested in speaking about Upper Egypt and the women living there.


Hesham Elsherif

Hesham Elsherif is a freelance photographer and 2017 ADPP Awardee, interested in documenting the daily life of his hometown, Fayoum, as well as covering in-depth cultural and social documentary stories.