b. Cairo, Egypt 1985
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Born in 1985, Mai Al Shazly an Egyptian visual artist working with photography, video, and installation. Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions in London, USA and Pairs, most recently she has been nominated for artist residence at Switzerland and showing her work during Verzasca Foto Festival 2018, exhibiting her collective work at Biennale Africaine de la photographie at BAMAKO, receiving both a video art and experimental film production award through Goethe Institute Kairo in collaboration with Contemporary Image Collective, as well as a production funding grant through the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia Cairo(2016).
Mai’s work tries to evoke the restrictions that human being experience in their life, her work revolves around this topic,she focuses on the identity and it’s relationship to surrounding environmental (e.g., city’s size, urban density, location) and political issues(e.g., regimes stability and authority). She has exhibited her work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in United Kingdom (2017), Institute Francais Egypte in Cairo (2017), Second Street Gallery and Sewanee University in United States(2015-2016), the Goethe Institute Kairo (2014), and Al-Madina Theater in Beirut(2014. Currently she lives and work in Cairo.