Ahmed El Shaer is a contemporary Egyptian artist who was born in Cairo in 1981 and now lives and works in New York, USA. El Shaer is a multidisciplinary artist whose work includes installation, photography, sound, and moving images. He is also very interested in new technologies. holds a B.F.A. from the Faculty of Art and Education and is a Ph.D. student in the computing and games department at Abertay University in Scotland, UK. He has shown in a number of international art venues, including the 56th Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy (2015). Bamako Biennale, Mali (2011) The Cairotronica New Media Festival takes place in Cairo, Egypt. White Box Sanctioned Array, New York, USA (2010) solo exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image (2019). International Rencontres Festival, Paris/Berlin. El Shaer has won many awards, including a Fulbright fellowship at the UCLA Game Lab in Los Angeles in 2018, a Salon of Youth Honored Award in 2002, the first award in media in 2003, and the first award in media art in Cairo, Egypt, in 2013. He has received several artist-in-residence awards, including Pro Helvetia in Zurich in 2009, Cite International d’Arte Paris in 2016, and ART OMI RESIDENCY in New York, USA in 2012. His work can be found in public collections such as New Cinema in Paris, France, and Cairo’s Museum of Modern Art. His work has been put out by Contemporary Practices Magazine, Hanan al-Cinema Affections for the Moving Image, and MIT Press.

This year, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities are supporting their arts & humanities PhD students (based across 17 Scottish institutions) with residencies for creative practice, working with Cove Park to provide dedicated creative time, space, and freedom to develop their doctoral work within a supportive and inspiring context.

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