Amina Kadous (1991-) is a visual artist currently exploring concepts of memory. Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1991. she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston. She believes in the ephemerality of experience. “Nothing lasts. Documentation of experiences, of the objects and moments of the physical world only lasts when it is passed on.” She believes a Photograph is an object; and Photography as an art has been a medium allowing her to treasure, hold and bless the past she has not lived but only through the stories and eyes of those who have narrated it. Her work is a linkage between the past and present through the layers of time as they fold and unfold; Serving as means for understanding who she is as a person. Characterizing herself as an explorer of ideas, she is driven by the spirit of inquiry as she seeks to comprehend the meanings and hidden ambiguities of lives, not her own, through the interactive nature of viewer, photographer, object and environment. She is driven by experience as a woman and an Egyptian. That is her signature: her work, like time, evolves… 

Her work has been exhibited in London and Boston. Also exhibiting her project, “Who’s fault is it?” at THAT ART FAIR in Cape Town, South Africa. She recently exhibited her project "If my Grandfather had Written Me a Letter" in the second edition of OFF Something Else Biennale in Cairo. Also exhibiting her project, “My City is my Home” at Cairo Photo week.


Education:

University Education: 

-  Bachelors degree of Fine Arts from Tufts and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA     

Graduation Year: 2015

- Foundation Diploma and first year BFA in Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design,  UK                    

Graduation Year: 2012

International Baccalaureate 

-  American diploma and IB  Diploma , Cairo American College , Egypt         Graduation Year: 2009                           

Work Experience/ Internships

Mashrabia Gallery for Contemporary arts, Cairo, Egypt                                                          2017

-       Curating, setting up for exhibitions and also creating content for artists 

Darb 1718 Contemporary art and culture center, Cairo, Egypt / Gallery and Workshop Coordinator                                                                                                     2015

-      Recruit qualified calibers for the field and office employees.

-      Administer Aptitude and Personality Assessments.

 The Institute of Contemporary Arts in Boston, MA/ Art Lab assistant                                                                                                                                               2012-2013

-     managing and planning audience visits, workshops and playdates.

Group Exhibitions:

-  Cairo Photo week, SARD exhitbition, Photopia Cairo, Egypt 2018

-  OFF Something Else Biennale Cairo, Darb 1718 (multiple Locations), Cairo, Egypt 2018

-  Cairo Saturday Walks X Beit el Sura, cairo, Egypt 2018

-  City as Agent of Change, Townhouse Rawabet, Cairo, Egypt 2017

-  Cairo Saturday Walk X Downtown Cairo, ABN’G store, Cairo, Egypt 2017

-  Cairographie first edition, Darb1718, Cairo, Egypt 2017

-  The onlooker, Shnit film festival x Cairo Saturday walks, Cairo, Egypt 2017

-  Silver Sponsor in ElGouna Polo Silver sup tournament, ElGouna, Egypt 2017

-  Public art piece, “Inside Out collaboration project : Echo of Others”, El Shatby Alexandria, Egypt 2017

-  Naema’s Office is Bleeding Exhibition 2, Medrar Contemporary Art, Garden City, Egypt 2016

-  THAT ART FAIR, Cape Town,South Africa 2016

-  Mohamed Abla's Competition for Painting and Drawing, Greek Campus, Egypt 2016

-  Print and paper Area show, SMFA, Boston, MA 2015

-  Rhinospective POP-UP Store, Boston, MA 2014

-  Painting Biennial, SMFA, Boston, MA 2014

-  All School Drawing Area show, SMFA,Boston, MA 2014

-  Print and paper Area show, SMFA, Boston, MA 2014

-  SMFA Art Sale Show, SMFA, Boston, MA 2013

-  Print and Paper Area show, SMFA, Boston, MA 2013

-  Histories of Now: Space for Dialogue, Art and Activism, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA 2013

-  24th Annual Student Show at the Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA 2013

- Photorealism, CSM college of Arts and Design, UK 2011

-  End of year show, CSM college of Arts and Design, UK 2011

Awards:

-       Mohamed Abla's Competition for Painting and Drawing                                                  2016

-       Print and Paper Area award, SMFA, Boston, MA                                                             2015

-       President Research Award, SMFA Boston, MA                                                           2014

Scholarships:

The Red Pill : Uncharted territories of personal Narrative Liberation workshop with Tanya Habjouqa, Gulf Photo Week, Dubai , UAE                                                                                                                                                 2019

- Foundry Workshop Scholarship “Rwanda” 2019

Residences:

-       Fayoum Winter Academy, Tunis Village, Fayoum, Egypt                                                      2016

Press:

ARTIST AMINA KADDOUS ON WHY MEMBERS OF THIS EGYPTIAN COMMUNITY DESTROYED THEIR OWN PORTRAITS

http://www.cairoscene.com/ArtsAndCulture/Artist-Amina-Kaddous-on-Why-Members-of-this-Egyptian-Community-Destroyed-Their-Own-Portraits

 JR’s Global Art Project Comes to Egypt, but Gets Torn Down in 24 Hours

https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/05/13/jrs-global-art-project-comes-to-egypt-but-gets-torn-down-in-24-hours/

Shelves of Time, photo story by Amina Kadous at Panorama, Mada Masr

https://madamasr.com/en/2018/12/09/panorama/u/shelves-of-time/

part of LCC photographers community in Morroco 

 http://www.lccprogram.org/lcc-community/