Malak Helmy


Associate Professor of Practice
Department of the Arts


Brief Biography

Malak Helmy is an artist and writer. Using audiovisual media, sculpture and the written word her works record and reflect on changes in the relationship between nature, technology and cognition in minor historical events and personal narratives, mostly in relation to Egypt and the Arab Gulf. Currently, through both writing and practice she studies what the effect of the recent sonic turn in cultural production in Egypt between 2014-2019 is on the perception of the image in visual art practices. Her work has been shown at Bozar, Nottingham Contemporary, Savvy Contemporary, Camera Austria, Queen’s Art Museum, Gwangju Biennial, Bienal do Mercosul, EVA Biennial, and Berlinale Expanded Forum. She was co-curator of Meeting Points 8 by Mophradat, and co-editor of art publication projects Emotional Architecture with Nida Ghouse. Her writing on temporality, sound and collaboration has appeared in publications for the Cypriot Pavilion in Venice, Bidoun Magazine, LEAP and several anthologies by Sternberg Press. She was the recipient of the Delfina Foundation, FICA and Iniva Research Fellowship with Goldsmiths College, Mophradat’s Temporary Spaces and Projects grant, and has held residencies at Mathaf, Serpentine Gallery, and Fondazione Spinola Banna.

    • MFA, California College of the Arts
    • BA, American University in Cairo


Research Interest
  • Experiences of temporality in subcultural movements
  • Art writing and artist narratives
  • The sonic turn to cultural production in Egypt and its effect on visual arts practices
  • Time-Based Media
  • Sculpture
  • Contemporary Egyptian Art