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Youssef Nabil

(b. 1972) Born in Cairo in 1972, he began his photography career in 1992 and worked as a photographer’s assistant in prominent studios in New York and Paris, he began photographing artists and friends. On his return to Egypt in 1999 he further developed his unique approach to hand-painted photography. Nabil’s work has been presented on numerous solo and group exhibitions at respected museums and galleries across the world, including but not limited to ‘Regards des Photographes Arabes Contemporains’ at the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2005), ‘I Live within You’ at Savannah College of Art and Design (2009) and ‘Told/Untold/Retold’ at The Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2010). In 2003, he was awarded with the Seydou Keita prize for Portraiture at the Rencontres Africanes del la Photographie at Bamako, Mali and did a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France. In 2009, he participated in the 53rd International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Recently he held a retrospective at La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris and exhibited in the group show ‘le Corps Decouvert’ at the Instutut du Monde Arabe, Paris. Mabil’s work has been published in the monograph ‘I Won’t let You Die’ (Hatje Cantz 2008) and ‘Sleep in My Arms’. He currently lives and works in New York.