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Yara El-Sherbini


Yara El-Sherbini’s multi-disciplinary practise encompasses live art, video and installation, using recognizable formats within contemporary popular culture, such as pub quizzes and game shows, to playfully explore culturally specific, socio-political issues that touches on our everyday life.

She received her MA from the Slade, UCL, and is currently part of the exhibition Rain, Snow and Hail, LWL Industrial Museum, Dortmund, Germany until February 2014.

In 2013 her work has been part of:
Leave to Remain: Yara El-Sherbini and Murad Khan Mumtaz, at La Caja Blanca Gallery,Spain.
Pen II Paper, ATHR Gallery, Saudi Arabia
How To… South London Gallery. Collaboration with artist Davina Drummond
Just Mad Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

Recent commissions include: The Victoria & Albert, London for their National Art Library’s new initiative to archive contemporary & modern Arab, Turkish & Iranian art and design in 2012. Artist in Residence’s include the Hayward Gallery as part of Wide Open School, in 2012, and at ZKM, Germany as part of The Global Contemporary in 2011. She has been part of group shows at Modern Art Oxford, The David Roberts Art Foundation (London), The RCA (London) and Lombard-Fried Projects, New York. Her work has been shown at the V&A (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), National Portrait Gallery (London), Tate Britain (London), IKON gallery (Birmingham), CCCB Museum (Barcelona), Quad Gallery (Derby), BALTIC (Gateshead), Mostyn Gallery (Wales), and Palazzo Papesse (Siena).

She is currently working on newly commissioned work for a solo show at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham for May 2014 and is represented by La Caja Blanca Gallery, Spain.

Read an article for Harpers Bazaar Art, which discusses her practice (PDF 6Mb)

Date Title Venue City
20 September – 2 October 2022 Arrivals + Departures Festival of Thrift, Kirkleatham Museum Redcar
2 April – 19 June 2016 Leisure Land Golf New Art Exchange Nottingham
10 May – 7 September 2014 The Current Situation New Art Exchange Nottingham
3 May 2010 Universality Challenge The Junction Cambridge
20 February 2010 Universality Challenge Arnolfini Bristol
11 February 2010 Universality Challenge The Showroom Chichester
4 December 2009 Universality Challenge BAC
23 October – 13 November 2009 Friday Night Anarchic Cabaret Chelsea Theatre London
2 April 2009 A Rather Trivial Pursuit Toynbee Studios
20 February 2009 Universality Challenge Arnolfini Bristol
4 December 2008 Universality Challenge Loughborough University Student Union London
Universality Challenge by Yara El-Sherbini. Photo by Manuel Vason.