Islam Shabana, b. 1988, Cairo Egypt.
Shabana is an interdisciplinary artist and a digital media designer. His work is in the intersection of technology within the human’s mental faculties, mythology, and Islamic philosophy, exploring concepts like system-social dynamics, religious performative rituals, and occult practices. Examining how different technologies are interweaving these concepts, producing/reproducing entangling structures between myth, fiction, and physical realities. Within such complex intersectional realms, the digital medium is emphasizing the shift in cognitive processes, oscillating the human experience and imagination between “reality” and hyperreality, “human” and non-human, physical and mental spaces.
Shabana holds a BA in Fine Arts from the American University in Cairo, and an MA in Digital Media Design from the University of the Arts, Bremen. His work has been featured in several group exhibitions shown in Townhouse gallery in Cairo, The Mosaic Room in London, Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth, Halle 14 in Leipzig, Berlin Art Week 2014, Cairotronica; the Cairo Electronic and New Media Arts Symposium. Audio/Visual performances featured in Boiler Room, RNCM – Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. HAU Theatre, CTM festival 2018 in Berlin.