Youssef Nabil


Youssef Nabil is an artist working primarily with photography and video. Originally born in Cairo, Egypt in 1972, he currently lives and works in New York City and Miami. Known for his distinctive technique of hand coloring silver gelatin prints that remove the blemishes of reality and recall the heyday of Egyptian cinema. While working with video and photography, he disrupts the preconceived assumptions about the type of aesthetics associated within those mediums and those identified with his culture. His artwork evokes a sense of longing and nostalgia, allowing his work to flicker between our time and another era. Three monographs have been published on Nabil’s work: Sleep in My Arms (Autograph ABP and Michael Stevenson, 2007), I Won’t let you die (Hatje Cantz, 2008) and Youssef Nabil (Flammarion, 2013).

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