Basma Hamdy’s research project examines, from the perspective of a contemporary graphic designer in a globalized world, the political instrumentation of images in modern Egypt and how images – and their destruction – can influence interpretations of Egyptian political history.
Basma Hamdy (1977, EG) is a research-based artist, designer and educator whose work focuses on the historical overlap between political propaganda and cultural production. Since 2011, Hamdy has been researching and documenting the creative output of the Egyptian Revolution resulting in the book Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution published in March 2014 by ‘From Here To Fame’ (Berlin).
Hamdy has been interviewed and featured extensively in prominent international media (such as The New York Times, Fast Company, Jadaliyya, Huck, Der Spiegel and Print) and exhibited and spoke at several art and design festivals around the world, most recently, Spielart Festival Munich and The Graphic Design Festival Breda.
Hamdy earned an MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2003, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000 and a BA from the American University in Cairo in 1998. She has over 10 years experience teaching in the Middle East and is currently Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.
'Walls of Freedom' by author Basma Hamdy was featured in the expanded edition of 'The Design of Dissent, Expanded Edition: Greed, Nationalism, Alternative Facts, and the Resistance'. The publication is edited by Glaser, Milton, and Mirko Ilic and published by Rockport Publishers, 2018.
Basma Hamdy’s book 'Khatt. Egypt’s Calligraphic Landscape' was published by Saqi Books. Photography by Noha Zayed.
Basma Hamdy’s chapter “ The Arabic Language as Creative Resistance” was published in the book Street Art of Resistance edited by Sarah H. Awad and Brady Wagoner published in London by Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Basma Hamdy's ongoing project with Noha Zayed “Found Khatt: A Typographic Journey through Egypt” will be part of the exhibition “Cairo Now! City Incomplete” curated by Mohamed ElShahed at Dubai Design Week, which captures, for the first time under one roof, Cairo’s current design culture.
Basma Hamdy's project 'Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution' will be featured as one of two main sections of the exhibition 'Fighting Walls: Street Art in Egypt And Iran'.
Basma Hamdy was recognized for excellence in research, based on merit and high academic achievement for her project ‘Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution.’
Basma Hamdy's book 'Walls of Freedom' was chosen among 31 design projects in the latest 'What Design Can Do' publication 'What Africa Can Do for Europe', which celebrates projects from Africa that have the power to inspire Europe and the world.
Basma Hamdy published a peer-reviewed journal paper entitled “Walls of Freedom: Process & Methodologies” in the Street Art & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal.
Basma Hamdy was invited as one of six speakers at The Graphic Design Festival Breda: Current Characters Convention.
Basma Hamdy was invited to participate in a panel discussion organized by the Vitra Museum at the Palazzo Clerici in Milan, Italy entitled 'The Global Shift: Who Shapes the Future of Design'.
Basma Hamdy published her book ‘Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution’ portraying the first three years of the Egyptian revolution told through striking images of art that transformed Egypt’s walls into a visual testimony of bravery and resistance.