About Rehab El Sadek
Austin-based/Egyptian-born Rehab El Sadek is a conceptual artist whose career has spanned over 25 years. Meditation on space and immersion into overlooked places inform the artistic inquiries of her practice. She has initiated workshops and creative social practice interventions on issues ranging from women’s rights in Sinai to the challenges facing disadvantaged children in Nairobi.
El Sadek has participated in group and solo shows at Lumen Travo Gallery (Amsterdam), Borusan Art Gallery (Istanbul), Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), the L.A. Freewaves Festival at MOCA Geffen Contemporary (Los Angeles), La Photographie Africaine (Bamako), and The Women's Museum (Dallas). In 1999, she was chosen by Jannis Kounellis for his Pavilion at Biennale Dei Giovanni Artisti (Rome). In 2009, she was part of “Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969 - 2009” at Museum voor Moderne Kunst (Arnhem). Her awards and residences include the UNESCO-supported Artists’ Bursaries at Gasworks Artists Studios (London) and the Thami Mnyele Residency Award (Amsterdam). She is also the recipient of an Installation Prize at the Sharjah Biennale (Emirates).
In 2017, El Sadek was named the City of Austin’s first Artist-in-Residence, exploring environmental and social issues embedded in the city’s Watershed Protection Department. Her current, deeply personal work draws inspiration from ancient and classical architecture, modern architectural theory and explores broad themes of immigration, belonging, communication, and language. El Sadek holds a degree in art from the University of Alexandria (Egypt).
I value the opportunities art provides me to connect with people on an emotional and intellectual level. Meditation on interior space, immersion into unique overlooked outdoor places, and examination of alarming social and political trends taking place in the world inform the artistic inquiries of my practice.
1994 BFA, Painting Department, Faculty of Arts - University of Alexandria
2019 The Memory Palace solo exhibition, Big Medium Gallery, Austin.
2019 Intersections, Presa House Gallery, San Antonio.
2019 Texas Art 2019, The Assistance League of Houston.
2018 The Fifth Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Artspace111, Fort Worth.
2018 Vignette Art Fair, The Women's Museum, Dallas.
2018 Artist in Residence PopUp Exhibition, 217w 2nd street, Austin.
2017 'African Amicitiae', Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam.
2017 East Austin Studio Tour #61.
2017 Build Hope, Not Walls, Big Medium Gallery, Austin.
2017 You Are Here, Wild Basin Research Center, Austin.
2017 13th annual People's Gallery Exhibition, Austin City Hall.
2017 Mix ‘n’ Mash, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin
2016 Big Medium's East Austin Studio Tour.
2016 East Group Exhibition, Canopy, Austin.
2016 Not For Profit, Bolm Studios, Austin.
2015 TechS group, Round Rock PL, Austin.
2014 Heads or Tails, Pixadot imaging, Dallas.
2013 Annual Show, Dunn Bros. Gallery, Dallas.
2012 "AN & EE", Queens College Art Center, NewYork.
2011 "Beyond the desert"curated by Simon Njami, Darb1718, Cairo.
2010 "African women" PANAF, Algiers.
2009 Rashid & Rosetta, Egyptian - Canadian internet art project,
2009 “rebelle” art and feminism1969-2009" Museum voor Moderne kunst, Arnhem.
2004 Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam.
2004 Open Studio, Thami Mnyele Studio, Amsterdam.
2004 L.A. Freewaves 9th Celebration of Experimental Media Arts, MOCA Geffen, LA.
2004 Photography, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain.
2003 Photo Cairo, The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
2003 9th Wexford Artists¹ Book Exhibition, Dublin.
2003 Les Ve Rencontres De La Photographie Africaine, Bamako.
2003 Open Studio Exhibition, The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
2003 Wasla Workshop exhibit, Newebaa, Egypt.
2002 “Drawings Straight from the Artists Studio”, AUC, Cairo.
2002 “Imagining the Book”, International Contemporary Art Encounter, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria.
2002 Squared Circle, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut.
2001 Cairo Modern Art in Holland, Circus Theater, Den Hague.
2001 Al Nitaq Festival of Art, Cairo.
2001 Vasl Artists, Gulgee Gallery, Karachi.
2000 3rd International Artists Residencies, Museum Art Gallery, Nairobi.
1999 Biennale Dei Giovanni Artisti, Jannis Kounellis Pavilion, Rome.
1999 Mediterranean Metaphors 1, Borusan Art Center, Istanbul.
1999 Sharjah Biennale, Emirates.
1999 Moderne Kunst Aus Agypten, Galerie Xenois, Frankfurt.
1998 “Pages from Old Time” Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo.
1998 Empty Shapes, Gasworks Studios, London.
1995, 96, 97, 98 Salon of Young Artists,Akhnaton Galleries, Cairo.
1994 Contemporary Egyptian Art, Kunst Historian Museum, Vienna.
2018 IDEALAB Playable City Austin, facilitated by: The Urban Conga and Playable City International. 2018 Playable Mindset: Creative Approaches to the Smarter City by Playable City headquarters Bristol, England, Austin.
2003 Open Studio, The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
2003 Wasla Workshop, Newebaa, Egypt.
2001 Vasl Workshop, Gadani, Pakistan
Awards and Honors
2019 The Art Omi Residency, Ghent, NY.
2019 A Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
2019 Capacity Building award, City of Austin, Cultural Arts Division | Economic Development.
2017 Artist-in-Recidence Program, the City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division and Watershed Development Department.
2004 Thami Mnyele Residency Award, Amsterdam.
2002 The State Department Award, Artist's Educational Program|Museums and Art Institutions in the U.S.
2000 3rd International Artists Residencies, kouna trust, Nairobi National Museum.
1999 Installation Prize, Sharjah Biennale, Emirates.
1998 Bursary Supported by Unesco Bursaries Culture and Art at Gasworks Artists Studios, London, UK.
1997, 98, 99 Egyptian Government Award for independent artists.