Bassem Yousri is an Egyptian visual artist and independent filmmaker. He was born in Algeria in 1980 and raised in Cairo where he currently lives and works. Yousri received his BFA in painting from the School of Fine Arts – Helwan U. in Cairo in 2003, and his MFA in painting, drawing and sculpture from Tyler School of Art – Temple University in Philadelphia in 2009.
Yousri was the recipient of a Fulbright Art’s Grant in 2006, and an AFAC Express grant in 2012. Additionally, he was awarded several artist-in-residence fellowships by several institutions such as Arte East in New York, 2016; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, 2016; Vermont Studio Center, 2013; Kansas State University in 2011, and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California in 2010.
Since 2000, Yousri has been showing his work in several collective shows across Egypt, the Arab world, USA, and Europe. Additionally, he had six solo shows between Egypt and USA so far. Some of the most prominent venues where Yousri showed his work are Mathaf: the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha – Qatar, l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris – France, the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich – Germany, and IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern) in Valencia – Spain.
Yousri’s multidisciplinary practice ranges between creating mixed media installations in art galleries, public and street art, awareness campaigns, and experimental videos and documentary films. Inspired by the narrative quality of Ancient Egyptian murals, Yousri’s work has a strong documentary aspect. While his work is often a commentary on contemporary Egyptian social and political situation, he is still concerned with the larger frame of the human condition. Moreover, Yousri’s work often investigates other issues such as cross-cultural dialogue, stereotypes and taboos, mass culture and the relationship between art and audience.