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Studio Residencies 2022

Pro Helvetia Cairo Studio Residency program is one important element in our program. Every year, an open call launches from December to March the next year, for Swiss and Arab artists. All applications are cautiously considered by our team in Cairo and Zurich office. Our office works with a wide network of partners in both regions to facilitate the studio residency for artists and provide them with a special experience in the country where they will be carrying out their studio residency.

Artists from the Arab region and Switzerland spend up to 3 months in a different context, where Pro Helvetia Cairo in collaboration with the partner organisation provides them with studio to work, specialised coaching and connects them with relevant contact in the region they are placed at. 

This year, we have received more than 100 outstanding applications across all disciplines supported by Pro Helvetiafrom Switzerland and the Arab region. 4 Swiss artists were selected to carry out their Studio Residencies in the Arab Region, and 5 Arab artists were selected to spend their studio residencies in Switzerland. 

Music

Nicolas Vander | Studio Residency

Nicolas Vander is an experimental musician focused on building a narrative drive that aims to influence the deconstruction of the imaginaries associated with music. Exploring the classic boundaries of improvisation, the non-existent free jazz conception of freedom, the fusion of ethnic elements in the subconscious of tradition, and the last avant garde generation, reaching today’s …

Country of residency: Lebanon

Visual Arts

Mohamed Harb | Studio Residency

Mohamed Harb was born in 1979 in Gaza, where he lives and works. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Al Najah University in Nablus (2001). He is a member of the Palestinian Association of Fine Artists and has been  working as a director at the Palestinian Satellite Channel in Gaza since 2003. Harb …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Stéphanie Baechler | Studio Residency

Stéphanie Baechler (1983, Meyriez, CH, lives and works in Amsterdam / Switzerland) is an artist with focus on textile and ceramics. Trained at HSLU Lucerne University of Applied Arts with a Fashion Masters degree from the ArtEZ Arnhem Netherlands. She worked as a Textile Developer/Design Assistant for Hussein Chalayan in London and was the head …

Country of residency: Egypt

Performing Arts

Mirjam Sutter | Studio Residency

Mirjam was formed in Switzerland and Italy as a Contemporary Dancer. In Italy, she danced for 3 years in the Company “Kaleido Danse” by the two Choreographers Giovanna la Vecchia and Dario Greco. Back in Switzerland she dived into the Middle Eastern Dance Culture and became a member of the Egyptian Folklore Group of Khaled …

Country of residency: Palestine

Performing Arts

Shaymaa Shoukry | Studio Residency

Shaymaa Shoukry thrives through a passion for choreographing, performing, and creating video art. A multidisciplinary artist coming form a visual arts background, interested in integrating diverse disciplines in her creations. She is motivated and inspired by working collectively, while developing personal work in an organic build up process, where each project paves the way to …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Lara Tabet and Randa Mirza | Studio Residency

“Jeanne et Moreau” is the name of artist duo of Lara Tabet and Randa Mirza. The duo started working in 2018 on a long-term project called “End-to-End Encrypted” in reference to the data encryption system, in which only the communicating users can read the messages. This work draws on their common image bank and questions …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Paulo Wirz | Studio Residency

In 2008, Paulo Wirz arrived in Switzerland for the first time to learn German. After studying at the ECAL, Gerrit Rietveld Academie and ZHDK, he decided to move to Geneva where he recently completed the MFA program in contemporary practices at the HEAD and received the Prix “New Heads”. Paulo’s work will be presented at …

Country of residency: Egypt

Visual Arts

Ziad Naitaddi | Studio Residency

Born 1995 in Rabat, Ziad Naitaddi is a visual artist & photographer. He devoted his time to photography through research that explores the form of documentary and fiction. He works more through the optic of his personal perception; his work experiences, life, and human as pure profound emotion. Naitaddi’s work has been exhibited in different …

Country of residency: Switzerland

3 Months | Visual Arts

Mohamed Salah Ismail | Studio Residency

A Cairo born and based comic book artist with a knack for social commentary & sci-fi. He Graduated with honors from the faculty of fine arts, Helwan university, Painting department. 2005 class valedictorian. Salah has worked across a multitude of visual communication disciplines since 2002; starting out with comics and painting, and venturing into areas …

Country of residency: Switzerland