Marwan Bassiouni is an artist and photographer. His most recent projects contribute to the representation of Islam in the Western landscape while exploring the documentary qualities of the photographic medium.
Bassiouni developed an interest in photography at the age of 23, after working and living on a mountain top in the Swiss Alps and taking pictures of the landscape with his mobile phone. Shortly after, he decided to leave his hotel management studies and work as the assistant to a still life photographer while following classes at the Photography School of Vevey. Three years later, Marwan performed his civil service as a documentary filmmaker and photographer in the media department of a human rights NGO in Geneva. This experience led Bassiouni to develop an interest in the journalistic, ethical, and political aspects involved in photographic representation. In 2012, Bassiouni received a grant and moved to Cairo, Egypt to study the Arabic language and begin his first photography projects. After returning to Switzerland, Bassiouni then decided to study at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, Netherlands.
Marwan holds a BA in photography from The Royal Academy of Art (KABK) and a photographer CFC from the Photography School of Vevey (CEPV). His work has been written about in the British Journal of Photography, EXIT Imagen Y Cultura, Lens culture, Aperture and various national newspapers. In 2019, Marwan had a solo exhibition at the Hague Museum of Photography and published the photo book ‘New Dutch Views’. His work has recently been exhibited at Aperture (USA), Paris Photo (FR), Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), Unseen Photofair (NL), The Benaki Museum (GR), The Humanity House (NL), Festival Circulation (s) (FR), The Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Kunsthal Helmond (NL) and Cultuurhuis De Warande (BE).
2021 Fish Eye Gallery, Paris, FR
2020 Prayer Rug Selfies, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague, NL
2019 New Dutch Views, Fotomuseum Den Haag, The Hague, NL
2019 New Dutch Views, SBK Galerie, Amsterdam, NL
2021 Bienne Festival of Photography, CH
2020 VFG prize, Photobastei, Zurich, CH
2020 Vantage Point Sharjah 8, Sharjah Art Foundation, Al Hamriyah Studios, UAE
2020 Circulation(s), Paris, FR
2020 Lost in Translation, Cultuurhuis De Warande, BE
2019 Large Format– The Photobook as Atlas, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH
2019 Imaginary Lanscapes, Kunsthal Helmond, NL
2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation 1st book Award, Aperture, NYC, USA
2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation 1st book Award, Paris Photo, FR
2019 YiPArt Auction, Amsterdam, NL
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