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 gelatin silver 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, 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) and Youssef Nabil, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2012).
Youssef Nabil, Self-portrait with Botticelli, Florence 2009, 2009, Hand coloured gelatin silver print, 27 x 39 cm, 43,5 x 56,5 x 3,5 cm (framed), Edition of 10. Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia Paris/Brussels