Rana El Nemr

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Rana El Nemr (Egyptian, b. 1974, Hanover, Germany) is an artist who currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.[1] Working primarily in photography, she has undertaken explorations of contemporary Egyptian urban life, including Cairo's architectural features, public/private spaces, and middle-class identity. She is a founding member of The Contemporary Image Collective (CIC, Cairo),[2] whose programming of lectures, screenings, and workshops explore the changing role of photography in contemporary visual culture.[3]

Education and career[edit]

El Nemr studied photojournalism, advertising, and arts at the American University, Cairo. She has exhibited internationally, including in Lebanon, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Finland, and the United States.[2] One of El Nemr's noted series, The Metro, from 2003, presents women in traditional and non-tradition clothing in the Cairo subway, compositionally framed by the structure of the train cars.[4]

Exhibitions and awards[edit]

  • 2013 She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston[5]
  • 2005 Grand Prix, Photography Biennale, Bamako, Mali[2]


  1. ^ "She Who Tells a Story: Rana El Nemr". Broad Strokes: The National Museum of Women in the Arts' Blog. 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Gresh, Kristen. She Who Tells A Story. MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 
  3. ^ "History & Mission: Contemporary Image Collective". Retrieved March 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Saccoccia, Susan (2013). "In Their Eyes". The Boston Banner, Boston, MA. 49 – via ProQuest. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Vicki (December 27, 2013). "Islamic World Through Women's Eyes". The New York Times. Retrieved March 4, 2017.