Nada Shalaby is a visual artist and educator currently based in Cairo. Her research-based practice is concerned with the interrogation of uncontested spaces, often involving constructs of language and cultural associations that exist in the public sphere.

Recently this has involved collaborations including This Stays Between Us (2015-) on memory and the psychogeography of Cairo, and research-based projects including You and I and Time is Long (2013), an archive relating to the archaeological site Tel el Yahudiya in the Egyptian delta, and Whose Despair (2015-), a project that interrogates the symbolic association of the flower to the body in the Arabic language. 

Prior to moving to Cairo, Nada lived in Chicago where she established a lived practice in West Roger’s Park (Studio Haret el Yahoud, 2009-11). In 2011, she founded a social practice residency program for young artists and co-founded the art space Doukan7002

She taught at the Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo from 2011-2015. She holds a Masters degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She was awarded the Edes Foundation Prize in 2015.

Workshops and Presentations

Panelist, Social Practice in Foundations, FATE Foundations in Art Theory and Education Conference, Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO)
April 7, 2017

Panelist, Rerouted: Arab American Creative Practices in Cairo, DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI)
May 8, 2015

Presenter, Teaching Social Engagement in Revolutionary Cairo, Open Engagement conference, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
April 19, 2015 

Presenter, The Creative Process: An Introduction to Visual Research, workshop led with Aissa Deebi and Amr Assaad, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center (Cairo, Egypt)
April 7-8, 2015

Artist talk, You and I and Time is Long, at References: Artists Activating the Archive exhibition, Contemporary Image Collective
(Cairo, Egypt)
Jan. 12, 2014

Panelist, Arts Careers, Northwestern Art Review, Northwestern University
(Evanston, IL) 
March 31, 2011

Panelist, Art of Dissent: Transforming Trauma and a Culture of War, National Veterans Art Museum (Chicago, IL) 
February 26, 2011 

 

 

Grants and Awards

Edes Foundation Prize
Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation
(Chicago, IL), 2015

Project Research Grant
Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
(Cairo, Egypt), 2012

Social Entrepreneurship Fund Grant
One Chicago, One Nation
(Chicago, IL), 2011

Artist Grant
Puffin Foundation
(Teaneck, NJ), 2011

Graduate Research Grant
The Graduate School, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 2010

University Fellowship
Department of Art Theory and Practice,
Northwestern University
(Evanston, IL), 2007

Education Grant
Institute of International Education/Ford Foundation (Cairo, Egypt), 2000

First Prize in Plastic Arts
National Student Art Competition, Ministry of Culture (Cairo, Egypt), 1997

Second Prize in Plastic Arts
National Student Art Competition, Ministry of Culture (Cairo, Egypt), 1994