2003-2007 – Online Research Project – Installation, Book
Mahmoud Khaled’s multidisciplinary practice explores the areas between the personal and the political, with a special focus on male identity in the Arabic world. In a world increasingly shaped and experienced through mediated and virtual exchanges, Khaled’s work examines the boundaries between what is hidden, disguised or staged. MKMAEL Stories – An Image Passionate is an installation with books based on a reinterpretation of Egypt’s popular 1970s romance fiction pocket paperbacks ‘Abeer’. MKMAEL was the online name Khaled used for this project, and in the resulting book on display in the exhibition, the artist has blurred facts retrieved from the chat archive with fictionist narration to create a gay romance story written in the digital age.
Mahmoud Khaled― Artist
Mahmoud Khaled (1982) lives and works between Oslo (NO) and Cairo (EG). He studied Fine Arts at the Alexandria University in Egypt and Trondheim University in Norway. His work spans video, photography, sculpture, installation, sound and text. His solo shows include Helena Anrather Gallery, New York (2018), Gypsum (2018), Edith-Ruth-Haus, Oldenburg (2016), Galpão VB | Videobrasil, São Paulo (2016) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2010). His group exhibitions include “Maskulinitäten”, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2019), “A Group Exhibition”, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018), 15th Istanbul Biennale (2017), 13th Sharjah Biennale (2017), “Electronic Superhighway”, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016). In 2012, Khaled was awarded the Videobrasil in Context Prize, and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the 2016 Abraaj Art Prize. Khaled is a recipient of the DAAD fellowship for 2020.