Noha Mokhtar is a visual artist and anthropologist working in Switzerland and Egypt. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with specialization in Photography from the University of Art and Design Lausanne as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Berne (Switzerland). She has conducted workshops at ESAD - Ecole Supérieure d'Art et de Design in Valence (France) with Swiss graphic designer Gregor Huber and at the Fayoum Winter Academy (Egypt) with artist Lucas Uhlmann.
Her work has been shown in exhibitions, screenings, publications and conferences in Switzerland, France, Italy, Egypt and the UK. Recent projects have been presented at Espace Arlaud, Lausanne; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; Belfast Photo Festival; Instituto Svizzero di Roma, Italy and The Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva. She has been granted artist-in-residencies in Cairo and Beirut from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and in New York from the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. In 2012 she won the Swiss Design Award in the category of Photography.
Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, and combining anthropology and art, allows her to produce informed works based on research methods that link ethnography and aesthetics. Through an interdisciplinary approach and the use of various media, such as photography, video, installations and writing, she develops a body of work that reflects on social and cultural issues.
At present, she works on a text-based art project «When Will You Make Us Happy?» that tackles the issues of family and the relationships among its members in contemporary Cairo. The project, a collaboration with artist Sahar Suliman will adopt the form of an experimental theatre piece and is based on interviews conducted in Cairo over a period of two years.Download CV (PDF)