Omar Kholeif
Works in London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Omar Kholeif (EGYPT/UK) is a curator, writer, editor and sometime producer. A specialist in contemporary artist film, video and emerging technology, his work also boasts a focus on contemporary cultural practice within the broader intersections of North Africa and the Middle East. His writing appears in The Guardian, Art Monthly, Wired, Film International, Frieze and Artforum International, as well as in numerous catalogue and book contributions. Omar holds degrees from the University of Glasgow, Screen Academy Scotland, The Royal College of Art, London, and a PhD candidate at the University of Reading.

Omar was Curator at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, the UK’s leading centre for the support, commission and exhibition of artist film, video and new media. Since 2010, Kholeif has also been a Curator at Cornerhouse, Manchester’s international art and film organisation and HOME Manchester, as well as Artistic Director at the Arab British Centre, London.

He is founding Director of the UK’s Arab Film Festival. Formerly, he was a co-curator for Abandon Normal Devices and the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, where he was a co-curator for the 2012 edition.

Kholeif is Senior Editor of Ibraaz, the leading critical forum for visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East. He was also a co-founding editor of Portal 9: Stories and Critical Writing About the City — a Beirut-based semi-annual focusing on urbanism and architecture.

Kholeif has curated projects and events, which have occurred at the The International Film Festival Rotterdam; ICA, London; Tate Modern, London; ‘Beirut’ in Cairo; Rhizome at the New Museum, New York; Arnolfini, Bristol and Art Dubai, to name but a few. He has also lectured internationally in the likes of Munich, Boston, London, Cairo, Alexandria, Sharjah, New York, and Los Angeles.

From December 2012 – January 2014, Kholeif headed up Art & Technology at SPACE, where he was curator and director of The White Building, London’s centre for art and technology.

In December 2013, Kholeif was appointed as Curator at The Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Omar is a Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a juror for the 2013 Film London Jarman Award and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

Omar Kholeif’s books include, Vision, Memory and Media (Liverpool University Press 2010), Far and Wide: Nam June Paik (Leonardo 2013) and You Are Here: Art after the Internet (Cornerhouse Books, 2014).

He can be reached through his site
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European Media Arts Residency Exchange - Open Call

Thu Nov 15, 2012 00:00

Liverpool , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The European Media Art Network and its partners are delighted to announce an open call for applications as part of EMARE Mexico Programme. The programme will provide residencies between April and September 2013 in Mexico, England, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

If you are a Mexican based Media Artist in the fields of film and media including internet and computer based art, filmmakers, sound and video artists, then you are invited to apply for a two month artist residency at IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands; Bandits Mages, Bourges, France; FACT, Liverpool, United Kingdom or at Werkleitz Centre for Media Arts in Halle, Germany.
If you are a European Artist working within these field, then you are eligible to apply for a two months residency at Centro Multimedia in Mexico City and Centro de Arte y Nuevas Technologias (CANTE) in San Luis Potosi.
Students are not permitted, but young artists encouraged. EMARE MEXICO includes a grant of 2000 Euro, free accommodation, up to 900 Euro travel expenses, access to the technical facilities and media labs and a professional presentation. In addition, participating 3 will take part at the final exhibition as part of the Transitio_MX Festival in Mexico City in October 2013. Entries should be submitted online and have to upload a CV, (audio) visual reference projects documentation and a proposal sketch for the project which should be developed within EMARE.

For more info, the application form or to email questions, please visit: