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Bassem Youssri

  • Position: Associate Professor of Practice
  • Department: Department of the Arts
Brief Biography

Bassem Yousri, Egyptian, born in 1980, based between Cairo and Berlin, is a visual artist, filmmaker, and art educator working with mixed-media installations in art galleries and public spaces, and experimental and documentary films. Yousri leverages sarcasm and irony to criticize common stereotypes and social taboos, presenting pertinent commentary on contemporary Egyptian socio-politics through a focus on the individual experience. His work also investigates issues related to the relationship between form and representation in the context of the exhibition and public spaces. Yousri received his MFA in painting, drawing and sculpture from Tyler School of Art – Temple University in Philadelphia in 2009, and his BFA in painting from the School of Fine Arts – Helwan University in Cairo in 2003.

Yousri’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in New York, Centre Pompidou and l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, Sharjah Art Foundation, Mathaf: the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich, and IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern) in Valencia. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Arts Grant in 2006, and an AFAC grant in 2012, and has partaken in several artist-in-residence fellowships by institutions including RAIR Philly 2022, ProHelvetia Switzerland, 2020; Vermont Studio Center, 2013 & 2018; Kultur Kontakt Austria, 2017; Arte East in New York, 2016; Sharjah Art Foundation, 2016; Kansas State University, 2011; and Kala Art Institute in California, 2010.

To know more about Youssri, visit his website at https://bassemyousri.com

Research Interest
  • Multidisciplinary practice
  • Mixed-media installation
  • Sculpture
  • Experimental filmmaking
  • 2009 - MFA in paintingTyler School of Art, Temple University - Philadelphia, USA.
  • 2006 - Fulbright Scholarship: non-degree studies in fashion design, Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal School of Media, Arts, and Design – Philadelphia, USA.
  • 2003 - BFA in paintingSchool of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

Yousri, Bassem. I Am Serious! International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 52, no. 3, 2020, pp. 516–525., doi:10.1017/S0020743820000732.

Yousri, Bassem. Visual Expression and Design, ADEF (Arab Digital Expression Foundation), 2016.

Yousri, Bassem. RGB (1), graphic novel, B.E.B.A Editions, 2014.