Mohamed ElShahed

Contributor / Curator

Mohamed Elshahed is a fiercely independent curator, architectural historian and an unapologetic critic focusing on architecture, design and material culture of 20th century Egypt and the broader Arab region. He is the author of the highly acclaimed and best-selling book Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide (2020), winner of the 2021 Egypt State Award for architectural publication, his book Revolutionary Modernism: Architecture and the Politics of Change in Egypt 1936-67 (Arabic, 2021) was published by Egypt’s National Center for Translation. His current exhibition is Cairo Modern at the Center for Architecture in New York (1 October 2021-12 March 2022). Previous curatorial projects include Cairo Now! City Incomplete (Dubai Design Week, 2016), The Past is Present: Becoming Egyptian in the Twentieth Century (British Museum, 2018), Mudun: Urban Cultures in Transit (Vitra Design Museum, 2017). He is the curator of the British Museum’s Modern Egypt Project and Egypt’s winning pavilion, Modernist Indignation, at the 2018 London Design Biennale. In 2019 Apollo Magazine named him among the 40 under 40 influential thinkers and artists in the Middle East. In 2011 he founded Cairobserver, a multi-faceted platform for architecture, politics, and cultural history.

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