Rania Atef (1988) is a visual artist based in Cairo who explores the notion of play across a wide range of mediums; text, drawing, installation, and video. She is interested in investigating the infrastructure of maternal and labour discourses on both individual and collective levels.
She is currently working on her project “Please, don’t look at the moon” which focuses on the study of verbal and visual languages that are adopted and used in different forms of social and educational spaces like homes, schools, museums, and other circles. The spaces act as conduits for transferring indirect vocabularies and knowledge in relation to the collective consciousness, behaviour, and understanding particularly related to women and children.
On her research trip, she is supposed to visit some museums and have meetings with the curator Susann Wintsch regarding the research of the project.
She is currently enrolled in the second edition of TASAWAR curatorial studies 2020/21 (Tunis), and has previously attended MASS Alexandria, and holds a BA Degree in Product design in 2011 (EG). Rania is also part of the “K-oh-llective”, an artist group, and co-started a collective project for working mothers in the arts, that respond to the economic and social burdens that heavily affect arts practitioners who are women and mothers. Both initiatives are funded by Mophradat’s Self-Organizations program(2021). She was recently awarded the British Council Prize – Roznama 8 (Egypt) and shortlisted for the “Mother Art Prize” 2020 (UK).
Atef has participated in a number of local and international exhibitions and festivals; “Archive of forgetfulness” in South Africa, “Hotel Beethoven” at BOZAR in Brussels, “Artist At Work” at Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center in Ramallah, “Remote Closeness” at The National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman and others. Furthermore, she took part in public programs like “Tashweesh” festival, “ Les Rencontres Des Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographies”, “QAYYEM” and “Biennale WARSAW”.