Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism
Primary Academic Program: Human Rights
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Center for Curatorial Studies
Biography:Haytham el-Wardany is a writer and translator, living and working between Berlin and Cairo. His practice reflects on the experiences and aftermath of protests and uprisings in Egypt and the surrounding region, and explores what it means to live together. His forthcoming book, Banat Awa and the Missing Letters, considers forgotten expressions of hope within Arabic fables—where animals speak and humans listen—as crucial to a moment of post “Arab spring” speechlessness. He is a two-time recipient of the Cairo International Book Fair award for the short story collections Daydream (2011) and Irremediable (2021). Previous publications also include The Book of Sleep and How to Disappear. He is the recipient of artist residencies with Thkio Ppalies (Cyprus) and CMBB Para Site (Hong Kong), and grants from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the City of Berlin. In addition to his own writing, el-Wardany has translated texts by Walter Benjamin and others into Arabic, and organized workshops in Arabic for writers who have fled to Berlin to escape the consequences of failed revolutions in their home countries.
BBE, Cairo University. At Bard: 2022–23.
Department: Center for Curatorial Studies
Location: Center for Curatorial Studies