Nermine Hammam is a Cairo-based visual artist making densely composed figurative prints
existing between painting and photography. Born in Cairo (1967), Nermine obtained her BFA
in filmmaking from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, going on to work with Simon &
Goodman and renowned film director Youssef Chahine. She also served as production assistant in
the movie Malcolm X.

Hammam’s work has been widely exhibited, and is included in public and private collections
around the world. With human gesture as a central subject, it seeks out individuals in states of
abandonment or altered consciousness, whether through transcendental spiritual ceremonies in
different parts of the Middle East or a visit to the beach near Alexandria. She is known for the
distinct technique with which she reworks photography, addressing the influence of mass media
and market stylization.

The founder and creative director of Equinox Graphics, Hammam is also known for introducing art
into the public space through innovative design and branding. She is behind some of Egypt’s most
familiar brands, including Cilantro Café, Diwan Bookstores and the Deyafa group of restaurants and
bars.