Nabil, Youssef
Born 1972 in Cairo, Egypt
Lives and works in New York, USA
Youssef Nabil began his photography career in 1992 by staging tableaux in which his subjects acted out melodramas reminiscent of film stills from the Golden Age of Egyptian cinema. He later started producing self-portraits that reflect his dislocated life away from his native Egypt. Nabil's distinctive technique of hand-colouring silver gelatine prints offer an idealised reality and evoke a sense of longing and nostalgia that allows his photographs to flicker between our time and a bygone era. Youssef Nabil’s work is held in various international collections including LACMA Museum, Los Angeles; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the joint collection of the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi. Recent exhibitions include Youssef Nabil: I Saved My Belly Dancer, Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2017); Le Corps Dévoilé, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2012).
Youssef Nabil, Natacha Sleeping, Cairo 2000, 2000, Hand colored gelatin silver print, 75 x 115 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels

Artists 2018