Biography
4 November 2016

Mohamed Ezz Monem is an Egyptian photographer born in Cairo, Egypt in 1985 and lives currently in Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University in 2007, but his passion for visual arts started years before studying engineering, and it was not until 2003 that he started focusing on photography besides his work as a software developer. He tries to capture different scenes taking place in his surrounding community. He draws attention to people and situations from his daily life, the streets, and in different aspects of the Egyptian society, he usually tries to express his ideas in an experimental and conceptual way. He participated in many local and international visual arts exhibitions and festivals, where he received several awards for his work like the golden award at the Emirates International Photography Competition (2009), the golden award from Sharjah awards for Arab photo (2011), the Salon award from the 24th Youth Salon in Egypt (2013).

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016 “Log In”, Darb1718, Cairo.
2016 “Locate Egypt”, curated by KoProjects.
2016 “Artists Of Tomorrow”, Arts-Mart Gallery, Cairo.
2016 “Less Than Important”, Saad Zaghloul Culture Center, Cairo.
2015 “Kevät Egyptistä” (Spring in Egypt), Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland.
2015 “Supermarket – Stockholm Independent Art Fair”, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 “Aleppo International Photo Festival”, Aleppo, Syria.
2015 “Market Point”, Artellewa, Cairo.
2014 “Have a peaceful day”, Saad Zaghloul Culture Center, Cairo.
2014 The 25th Youth Salon, Arts Palace, Opera House, Cairo.
2013 The Nile Salon of photography, The 8th session, Arts Palace, Opera House, Cairo.
2013 “Downtown”, Gallery Misr, Cairo.
2013 The 24th Youth Salon, Arts Palace, Opera House, Cairo.
2012 “Shift Delete 30”, Saad Zaghloul Culture Center, Cairo.
2012 “Supermarker”, Gezira Arts Center, Cairo.
2012 “Cairo. Open City New Testimonies from an Ongoing Revolution”, Braunschweig museum of photography , Germany.
2012 “Studio Viennoise”, Viennoise hotel building, Cairo.
2012 The 23rd Youth Salon, Arts Palace, Opera House, Cairo.
2011 “The Revolution”, Sakia Culture Wheel, Cairo.
2011 “We Are Tahrir”, Sadat Metro Station, Cairo.
2011 “Text” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Darb1817, Cairo.
2011 Sharjah festival for Arab Photo, American Unversity of Sharjah, Emirates.
2011 Bursa 1st International Photography Festival, Turkey.(Masr Station Slide Show)
2011 Residency project exhibition (The Queue series), Centre D’Art I Natura, Farrera, Catalonia, Spain.
2010 The 21st Youth Salon, Arts Palace, Opera House, Cairo.
2010 “Clowns Without Borders”, In co-operation with the French photographer (Olivier Ouadah).
2009 “Street Photography”, Abu Dhabi, Emirates.
2009 “meeting 4”, atelier of Alex, Alex.
2009 The Nile Salon of photography, The 7th session, Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, Cairo.
2009 The 7th Arabic Festival of Photography, Jordon.
2009 AFRICAM (Contemporary Art in Africa), Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy.
2008 “100mm”, Artellewa, Cairo.
2008 The Youth Salon, the 19th session, Arts Palace, Opera House, Cairo.
2008 “CD” exhibition, AFCA gallery, Cairo.
2008 “Art of Reform” project,Portrait Gallery – Cairo, Jesuit institute – Menia, Eldokan gallery – Alex.
2008 The Portrait Salon, The 2nd session, Portrait Gallery, Cairo.
2008 “Egypt :life in a picture”, the Delegation of European Commission, The Townhouse gallery for contemporary arts, Cairo.
2007 “asa’ees”, Egypt Photographers group, El Sawy Culture Center, Cairo.
2007 The Youth Salon , the 18th session , Citadel of Qaitbay, Alex.
2007 The Nile Salon of photography, the 6th session, Arts Palace, Opera House, Cairo.
2007 “Ramadan Nights”, Egyptian salon of photography, Music hall, Opera House, Cairo.
2006 “Nature Effect”, Egyptian salon of photography , Russian culture center, Cairo.
2006 “Islamic”, Egyptian salon of photography , El Sawy Culture Center, Cairo.
2006 “Twins”, Egyptian salon of photography , Music hall, Opera House, Cairo.
2006 The 2nd festival of “Photo Meeting”, the French cultural center (CFCC), Cairo.
2006 In the name of “another idea“, the annual exhibition of Egyptian salon of photography, Hanager, Opera House, Cairo.
2006 “Port Said” 1st photo festival, Port Said.
2006 “Ramadaniat”, Egyptian salon of photography, Music hall, Opera House, Cairo.
2005 “Time“, Egyptian salon of photography , Music hall, Opera House, Cairo.

Solo Exhibitions:

2016 “Formal Specters”, Artellewa , Cairo.
2012 “Align”, Artellewa , Cairo.
2010 “Circle” , El-Balad Gallery, Cairo.

Awards:

2013 The Salon Award, The 24th Youth Salon.
2011 Golden Award ,Sharjah Award for Arab photo.
2009 Golden Award , Emirates International Photography Competition.
2008 Second Award , the UNDP, “sailing the Nile” photo competition.
2008 Jury’s award , the Delegation of European Commission.
2006 Fourth Award “Red” photo contest (HIV world day) , British Council.
2006 Three Awards from Sakia 3rd and 4th photography Contests.

Acquisitions:

Braunschweig museum of photography, Germany.
The Commercial International Bank (CIB), Egypt.