Omar Kholeif


Member Since October 19, 2010

Omar Kholeif (Egypt/UK) is a writer, curator and editor (and sometime producer, musician and filmmaker). His work focuses on issues of narrative, geography and satire for a hyperbolic and accelerationist global culture. He is currently Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery (London), Senior Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME (Manchester) as well as Senior Editor of Ibraaz Publishing. Previously he headed up Art and Technology at SPACE (London) where he was director of The White Building, London's centre for art and technology, and was Curator at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Liverpool). Kholeif has also been Artistic Director at the Arab British Centre, London and founding director of the UK's Arab Film Festival.

In 2015, curated FOCUS: Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean (MENAM) a new acronym, which he coined, as well as the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and the Abraaj Group Art Prize at Art Dubai, UAE.

Omar Kholeif is the author and/or editor of over a dozen books including, Vision, Memory and Media (2010), Far and Wide: Nam June Paik (2013), You Are Here: Art after the Internet (2014) and Jeddah Childhood Circa 1994 (2014)

He can be reached through his site