Ahmad Nady

Ahmad Mohammad Nady (Arabic: أحمد محمد نادي‎‎) is an Egyptian political cartoonist and activist. Nady began drawing at the age of 14, and soon became one of the most well-known comic artists in Egypt.

Nady participated in the 2008 Egyptian general strike and joined the revolution in 2011 from the very beginning, participating politically at Tahrir Square. He drew cartoons on the spot, inviting those around him to suggest ideas and captions. In 1996, he won the third place in the UNESCO exhibition titled "Where We Live".

Islam Shabana

Islam Shabana, is a multidisciplinary artist who likes to think of himself as an alchemist. He is the founder of Alchem Studio, a visual arts and design collective focusing on digital art practices as well as interactive design. Furthermore, he works in collaboration with musicians and sound artists to create audio-visual performances and installations.

He travelled to Germany to do a Master’s program in Digital Media Design and currently lives in Berlin.

Youssef Alimam

Youssef Alimam is a freelance Egyptian filmmaker, musician, and model. As a filmmaker, Alimam is known for his short film „Libido and Speed of Light“. Additionally, he is one of the two members of the Egyptian Punk Rock Band ‎Circus Monsters (سيرك الوحوش‎').

The band's two diversely talented members, Youssef Alimam and Mounir Mazhar, bring multi-talents to the table and pioneer the Egyptian Punk Rock genre into an authentically Egyptian and culture-centric concept.

Yara Mekawei

Yara Mekawei is a Cairo-based electronic music composer and sound artist. A prolific artist and scholar, Yara‘s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the flow of urban centres and the infrastructure of cities.

She is concerned with the philosophy of architecture, its history and its connection with the surrounding emptiness.

She aims to extract the musical conversation of the visual images in her work. As a successful video- and performance artist, Yara has exhibited work at an array of galleries and festivals across the Middle East and Europe.

Assil Diab

Also known as ‘Sudalove,‘ Assil Diab is a Sudanese Visual Artist, Graphics Designer and Graffiti Artist born in Romania and based in Doha, Qatar. Her work consists of mixed media and painting canvases, using nothing but spray paint, “Graffiti on Canvas,” as well as graffiti murals. She exhibited her artwork at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, local hotels in Qatar, and Gallery 5 in Richmond, Virginia.

Artistically most of Assil's works rely on typographic design. Assil Diab also exhibited her piece, “What About Africa”, made entirely of spray-painted, recycled water bottles.


Ganzeer is a multidisciplinary maker of things he refers to as Concept Pop, a kind of cultural insurgency that can be seen in his wide-ranging artistic output.  He has also written for a number of publications such as Das Magazin (Switzerland), The Cairo Review of Global Affairs (Egypt), and Creative Time Reports (New York).

The Art in America Magazine has referred to his practice as “New Realism,” while the New York Times called him a “chameleon” and the Huffington Post placed him on a list of “25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art.”

DJ Zhao

DJ Zhao is a journalist and visual designer. He explores various rhythms of streams of consciousness and brings together classical as well as modern dance music from all five continents. He focuses on African, African-Diasporic and Africanized music and culture.

DJ Zhao reveals deep connections between wildly desperate times and spaces, forms, and ideas. With this post-colonial perspective, he regularly performs on stages all over the world.

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Ammar Abo Bakr

Ammar Abo Bakr is a famous Egyptian mural and graffiti artist whose work mainly focuses on the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Egyptian history, folk art, and Coptic and Islamic culture.

Ammar is best known for his mural on Mohammed Mahmoud Street that honours the Revolution's martyrs. During the revolution, Ammar continued to paint despite the pressure from and deletion of his artworks by the Egyptian police force. He has created murals and graffiti in many countries. Thus, his work can be seen in Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt.