Our Offices & Partners Abroad

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Artists in Residence

Find more about our Artists in Residence:

4 Weeks | Performing Arts, Theatre

Miriam Coretta Schulte │ Research Trip

Theater director based in Switzerland, who is currently working in performance dance projects between Switzerland, Germany and France. In the past 5 years she became interested in the Middle East conducting visits and projects linked to Palestine, Israel and Jordan. She says about her work: «I like fictions around bodies, physical myths and relative truths. There is something …

1 - 23 September 2017

Mohamed Abdelkarim │Research Trip

Mohamed Abdelkarim, performer and cultural producer. After he had written his Master’s thesis on knowledge engagement at ECAV, Switzerland, Abdelkarim turned toward producing text-based performances. Abdelkarim, born in 1983, currently lives and works in Cairo. Among other places, his performances have been included in Guild Master of Cabaret Voltaire Manifesta 11, Zurich. PhotoCairo 5, 6 …

Photographer: Can Rastovic

August - September 2017 | Theatre

Adel Abdelwahab │Research Trip

Egyptian Theater director, curator and culture manager based in Alexandria City, Egypt. Since 2006, Abdelwahab worked as a Project Manager in various culture organizations, then he founded “Hewar Independent Theater Company”. In 2012, he initiated “Theater Is A Must” Independent International Theater Forum for Contemporary political and socio-political theater   together with Hewar Independent Theater Company …

Country of residency: Switzerland

August - September 2017 | Dance

Mounir Saeed │ Research Trip

Mounir Saeed, Egyptian Contemporary Dancer, who started his physical training with football, as goal keeper for 5 years. After joining a Contemporary Dance workshop at Studio Emad Eldin, Saeed decided to be a Dancer! In 2009, Saeed presented his first solo work in “El Leaba”, a modern dance festival where he won the encouragement award. Saeed attained in a …

Country of residency: Switzerland

September - October 2017 | Visual Arts

Heba Khalifa │Studio Residency

Heba Khalifa Born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1977, Heba Khalifa is a multimedia artist, photojournalist and painter. After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo in 2000 with a Diploma in decorative cinema and theater she also studied at the high institute of art critics. Not satisfied by artistic tools alone she started …

Country of residency: Switzerland

May 2017 | Visual Arts

Susann Wintsch │ Research Trip

Swiss artist and curator was invited by Forum Schlossplatz to curate the exhibition “880 m above sea level” with artists from Palestine, and present current art works that are enriched by additional information about the Palestinian art scene such as portraits of art spaces and interviews with artists and curators. The exhibition is planned as …

Country of residency: Palestine

July 12 to August 17, 2017 | Music

Marcel Gschwend “Bit-Tuner” │Research Trip

Born and raised in St.Gallen, Bit-Tuner works and lives in Zürich today. He’s been producing electronic music with computers, mpcs, synthesizers, bass guitars and a fleet of analogue effect gear. He has a fondness for samples from old records, movies and has also been discovering field recording lately. Bit-Tuner works with heavy beats, blown up …

June - December 2017

Yasmine El-Baramawy │Studio Residency

Egyptian music composer, oud player and sound artist, based in Cairo; who started playing music at a relevant late age following her childhood passion yet she could catch up very fast with learning, performing, and making music. However, Yasmine plays one of the world’s oldest instruments “Oud”, she manages to work with a curious blend …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April 2017 | Visual Arts

Virginie Rebetez │Studio Residency

Swiss visual artist Virginie Rebetez, based in Lausanne (CH); Her photographic work is shown regularly in museums, galleries or festivals in Switzerland and Europe, and is published in different cultural magazines as well as photographic blogs and reviews. Rebetez has received, these last 3 years, numerous awards from art institutions; La Fondation Leenaards (CH), Prix …

March 2017 | Theatre

Zino Wey │Research Trip

Swiss theater director born in Basle in 1988; since the season 14/15, Zino Wey has worked as a freelance director at the Münchner Kammerspielen, the Schauspielhaus Zürich, the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the barracks Basel, the theater Winkelwiese Zurich, the Ballhaus Ost Berlin and the Literary Colloquium Berlin / Maxim-Gorki-Theater Berlin. He regularly implements his own projects …

10 Days | Literature

Ina Boesch│Research Trip

Ina Boesch is a cultural scholar, author and editor. She writes books on European cultural history and is a curator of cultural projects and exhibitions. She studied Ethnology, History and Journalism at the University of Zurich, lived in Mexico, did research in Peru and wrote her doctorate about Swiss history. For many years she worked …

Country of residency: Egypt

10 days | Music

Jörg Köppl I Research Trip

Jörg Köppl lives and works as a freelance artist and composer in Zurich. He is interested in social synchronization processes, which he explores in mostly auditory settings. He designs experimental radio and sound projects that have been performed at festivals such as Ars Electronica, Artprospect (St. Petersburg) and Bienal de Sao Paulo or on his …

Country of residency: Egypt

Visual Arts

Mai Al Shazly │Verzasca Foto Festival Residency

Mai Al Shazly, Egyptian visual artist working with photography, video, and installation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently exhibiting her collective work at Biennale Africaine de la photographie at BAMAKO. Mai focuses on the psychology of human behavior and it relationship to surrounding environmental (e.g., city’s size, urban density, location) and …

Country of residency: Switzerland


Martina Lussi │ Research Trip

Martina Lussi (*1987) lives and works in Lucerne. In 2016 she received a Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice at the Bern University of the Arts after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Interpretation at the Hochschule Lucerne in 2011. Following her first sound installation, which she developed during her studies together with …

Country of residency: Egypt

10 - 23 July | Music

Basem Abuarab│Research Trip

Executive Manager of Almoharek, the first music booking agency in the Arab region, operating under Eka3. Since 2009, Almoharek represented more than 50 artists regionally and internationally, and helped shed light early on many of today’s most popular Arab artists and bands. In 2017, Almoharek booked more than 10 Arab artists regionally through international tours …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Ahmed Shawky Hassan│Research Trip

An Egyptian artist and writer, born in 1989 in Ismailia, and currently living in Cairo. Shawky graduated from  Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University in 2011; and now working as a co-director of MHWLN, a working group devoted to researching and reflecting on the history of contemporary art in Egypt. Hassan just came back from Switzerland, where he met and …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April 14 - 24 | Visual Arts

Mohamed Wahba │ Research Trip

A creative illustrator who embodies the reality in sketches, Wahba was able to draw attention to him through the emergence of his talent and his ability to embody the graphics of comics that imitate aspects of people’s lives, and making you feel as you see a picture taken with a real camera. He learned the comics art with …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April 14 - 24 | Visual Arts

Ahmed Hossam │Research Trip

Ahmed Hossam, Egyptian comic artist and illustrator, born in Cairo in 1990. His start as a professional comic book artist was in 2012 as one of Comicore team. Hossam drew for many of the major publishers in Egypt including Combo and Garage magazines. Hossam worked as an artistic consultant for Egypt Comics Week Festival for …

Country of residency: Switzerland

two weeks - April 2018 | Music

Jennifer Perez│Research Trip

Jennifer Perez (November 1988 ), better known by her stage name LA NEFERA is a dominican female rapper. Born in the D.R, she came in touch with latin american sounds at a very young age and developed early a rhythmic talent what she expressed through dance until her 16th birthday. After moving to Switzerland, came …

Country of residency: Palestine

two weeks - April 2018 | Music

Eslam El-Sha’ary │Research Trip

Inspired by Persian and Indian classical music, the mountains, deserts of the planet, and incorporating rare ancient instruments, such as the Afghan Rabab, the Armenian DukDuk, the Kurdish Daf and the Persian Tar, Elshaary brings fusion and spirituality to the stage with performances that are eclectic and inspiring. A move to Sinai changed his life. …

Country of residency: Switzerland

21 March - 5 April | Theatre, Performing Arts

Hannah Pfurtscheller │Research Trip

Opening their first season in September 2018, Hannah Pfurtscheller will be responsible for performing arts at Kaserne Basel, Switzerland, together with Sandro Lunin as artistic director. She worked as a dramaturg at wildwuchs festival in Basel (2014-2017), in the programme board at Zürcher Theater Spektakel (2014-2017), at Gessnerallee Zurich (2013-2014) and as artistic director at …

Country of residency: Egypt

13 - 28 February 2018 | Interdisciplinary

Sebastian Hirn │ Research Trip

Sebastian Hirn studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin German Literature and History, stage directing at Max Reinhardt Seminar Vienna and stage design at the Zurich University of the Arts. He worked with the directors and stage designers Luc Bondy, Achim Freyer, Michael Simon and for the artist and sculptor Stephan Huber. He has realized a large number of projects as …

16 February - 5 March | Interdisciplinary

Nele Jahnke │ Research Trip

Jahnke grew up in the north of Germany and Berlin, she was member oft he Youth-Club of Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz from 2001-2005 and studied directing at the Zürich University of Arts and Theatre. She is living and working mainly in Zürich and sometimes somewhere else. She is a Perfomer and director working in/with different Groups. Since …

2 - 10 February 2018

Aya Tarek │ Research Trip

SHAP SHAP and Festival Antigel invite the Egyptian street artist Aya Tarek to make a mural in Geneva on the occasion of the 70th anniversary celebration of the Universal declaration of Human Rights in 2018. Located 500m from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Rue Jean Jacquet 11), this mural, …

April - June 2018 | Urban Design

Yasmine El-Meleegy │Studio Residency

Yasmine is an Egyptian artist with an interdisciplinary approach; she currently works on sculpture, video, and media installations. Her latest project “Perpetual Repair in the ‘Progressive’ City” focuses on the role played by the concept of repair in the reconstruction of individual memory and renovation of a city’s urban infrastructure. She is exploring the relationship …

January - March 2018

Yara Mekawi │ Studio Residency

Yara is a Cairo-based electronic music composer and sound artist. A prolific artist and scholar, Yara‘s sonic bricolages draw inspiration from the flow of urban centers and the infrastructure of cities. She is concerned with the philosophy of unique architecture, its history and its connection with the surrounding emptiness. She extracts the musical conversation of the …

April - June 2018 | Interdisciplinary, Visual Arts

Marianne Fahmy │ Studio Residency

An Alexandria-based visual artist, Marianne is working on interdisciplinary research studies related to urbanism, politics and history. Her main interest is in undocumented historical narratives and the inaccessibility to archives, where she finds material for creative additions. Fahmy is working on creating narrative related to urban and social life by researching documents, archives, books, and …

Country of residency: Switzerland

March - April 2018 | Literature

Karoline Kamel │Studio Residency

Karoline is a writer and journalist with focusing on minority groups. She has published numerous articles and short stories about her travels, women’s issues, and social problems in Egypt. Kamel is interested in continuing her writing career in travel literature and is currently working on her first novel.

Country of residency: Switzerland

January - March 2018

Ahmed Mansour │ Studio Residency

Ahmed is a visual artist living between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, most recently preparing an MFA degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts – Graphic Design department entitled “Installation Art as an Access to Three Dimensional Ads Design”. During the past 10 years, Mansour worked on many projects and participated in a number of workshops …

Jan - Feb 2018

Celine Burnand │ Studio Residency

Celine is a visual artist and performer; her work comprises charcoal drawings and videos that focus on re-enacting or repeating existing gestures. Burnand‘s artistic practice investigates analogies between different times, places, and personas, seeking out group attitudes or patterns that reveal parallel psychological or emotional states across diverse cultural settings.

March - May 2018

Esther Ernst │ Studio Residency

Esther Ernst, born in 1977 in Bale and lives between Berlin and Solothurn. She studied at the Art Schools in Zurich, Bale, Hamburg and at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Eenst is a visual artist with focus on architecture and urban planning, specifically the relationship between the city and the vitalizing stories of people. She …

6 - 9 February | Dance

Jadd Tank │ Research Trip – Swiss Dance Days

Jadd Tank’s passion for choreography and dance lies in the exploration of boundless possibilities in which objects, bodies and events relate to each other: the Spaces we create and the identities that Spaces create for us. Jadd has performed internationally with his own work and those of Omar Rajeh | Maqamat, Alias Guilherme Botelho, Marcel Leemann, …

Country of residency: Switzerland

6 - 9 February | Dance

Aly Khamees │ Research Trip – Swiss Dance Days

Aly Khamees, born in Cairo (Egypt). Growing up in a local area (Matareya) he enjoyed street dance, this passion led him to a general desire for dance and he has decided to become a dancer. Years later he joined a street theater team “Hala”, and had a golden chance to have direct contact and interactions with the people in the streets. …

Country of residency: Switzerland

6 - 9 February | Dance

Aurélien Zouki │ Research Trip – Swiss Dance Days

Aurelien was born and grew up in Lebanon. After his theatre studies in Paris, Aurelien worked as an actor with different directors such as Gilles Zaeppfel, Bruno Thircuir, Jean Bellorini and Nathalie Garraud. He performed also in choregraphic creations in France and Italy where he was an interpreter on Rafaella Giordano’s piece « Cuocere il …

Country of residency: Switzerland

24 - 27 January | Visual Arts

Marwa Abu Leila │ Research Trip – Plat(T)form Winterthur

Marwa Abou Leila (born in 1977) is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Photopia: An independent photography school in Cairo. Marwa was graduated from Ain Shams University Commerce – English Section in 1999. She has been a photography enthusiast ever since. After quitting her banking career in 2011, she got together with a friend, Karim …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Morgane Erpen │Studio Residency

Born in Montreux in 1991. After completing her schooling, Morgane discovers a passion for art, graphic and multimedia design. In 2012, she attends the ERACOM school in Lausanne and obtains her multimedia designer diploma as well as her artistic matura. She then enrolls in the Visual Arts department of ECAL, the University of Art and …

Country of residency: Egypt

Visual Arts

Nourhan Maayouf │ Studio Residency

Nourhan Maayouf is a self-taught Egyptian visual artist using the medium of photography and video. Her work focuses on experiences related to the home and the nature of relationships, inspired primarily by her home, upbringing, and personal relationships, topics such as communication and insecurity were captured in her work. Her practice relies on self portraits, …

Country of residency: Switzerland


George Farid │ Studio Residency

Egyptian music composer, sound artist and mechanical engineer, born in Egypt (1994). His work combines tape machines, field recordings, acoustic and electronic instruments. He is known for his diversity between solo work, soundtracks for films, theater and art installations. Farid’s artistic practice examines the characteristics and dispositions of sound in various morphologies, to analyze musical …

Country of residency: Switzerland


Viola Rohner │ Studio Residency

Viola Rohner was born in Männedorf (Switzerland) in 1962. She studied German Philology, History and Theater Sicence in Zürich and Berlin. She lives in Zürich and Innsbruck (Austria) and works as a highschool teacher for German language and literature and gives creative writing classes. She writes prose and theater plays for adults and also for …

Country of residency: Egypt


Phil Battiekh │ Studio Residency

Phil Battiekh is a Mahraganat DJ, producer, conceptual and visual artist and one of the first to dedicate himself to this subculture outside of Egypt. Battiekh’s upcoming compilation release “Cairo Concepts” curates and contextualises the impact and developments Mahraganat artists have made in and outside of the genre and examines the concept systems experimental artists …

Country of residency: Egypt

Visual Arts

Bassem Yousri │ Studio Residency

Egyptian artist (Born in Algeria 1980). His multidisciplinary practice ranges between creating mixed media installations in art galleries and in public space, and experimental and documentary films. Inspired by the narrative quality of Ancient Egyptian murals, Yousri’s work has a strong documentary aspect. In his different practices, he relies on humor as a tool to …

Country of residency: Switzerland


Cléa Chopard │ Studio Residency

Cléa Chopard (1989) lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. She mostly works with text, writing poetry but also exploring it through performances, translations, videos, sound pieces or small editions. Her work deals with the representation of the female body, language, and the history of decoration. She uses material from different fields (cultural studies, medical and …

Country of residency: Egypt

Visual Arts

Camille Dumond │ Studio Residency

Camille Dumond (born in 1988) ,Lives and work in Geneva, Switzerland. Dumond studied visual arts in Nantes and Geneva, where she graduated in 2014. She showed her first personal exhibition Pharcyde in 2015 in Quark, Geneva, and exhibited the same year at the Center for Contemporary Art in Geneva for the funds Lissignol, Chevalier and Galland. …

Country of residency: Morocco

Visual Arts

Sara Hamdy │ Studio Residency

A visual artist living and working in Cairo-Egypt.  Graduated from faculty of fine arts oil painting department 2009. Hamdy had a special interest in sound as a subject and a medium; In her practice she tries to connect her whole cognition through visual-sound works. She always relates the visuals and sounds to lights and she …

Country of residency: Switzerland