Website of Ahmed Kamel

Ahmed Kamel (born 1981 in Cairo) is a multi-disciplinary artist. He studied art in Helwan University in Cairo, and HGB Leipzig, He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Middle East and Europe, including exhibitions at CIC in Cairo, Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Brandts Museum in Odense, East Wing in Doha, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and Folkwang Museum in Essen. He was artist in residence at The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Mediamatic in Amsterdam, ProHelvetia in Bern and Kunststiftung NRW in Düsseldorf.

The colored empty buildings scattered among the sand are recently built and still deserted or barely inhabited; waiting to come alive. These mostly systematic divisions are projected to be part of the metropolis at a future date. The images are captured at night in the diffusing light of the street lanterns or in the light of dusk. In this eerie atmosphere, the empty dwellings seem to have black holes for windows in their facades, the outlines of these structures penetrate the dark screens of the skies. Palm trees and shrubs that have been taken from their native soil now envelope once vacant piles of sand.