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Sara El Adl

Sara El Adl is a writer and curator from Cairo. She holds an MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo. Throughout her academic, curatorial and creative practices, her research has revolved around biopolitics of censorship and moral policing. Interested in different experiences of duration and space in reaction to violence—with its hegemonic, heteronormative economics of real estate, urbanity and surveillance—she thinks about performative acts within private space in the socio-political context of Egypt, as well as their effect on identity-formation and subjectivity. She has given talks at a number of art spaces and institutions, including Yale University and the American University in Cairo, and has contributed writing to Mada Masr and Frieze, among other publications. She has co-edited Ahmed Morsi: The Printmaking Years (Cairo: Gypsum Books 2020) and A Book on a Proposed House Museum for an Unknown Crying Man (Berlin: DAAD 2022). She was curator at the Townhouse gallery in Cairo between 2014 and 2016, and spent a year as a fellow in Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace program (2016–2017) in Beirut before co-directing Gypsum gallery, in Cairo, from 2018 until 2021. She is currently a PhD candidate in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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