Past Exhibitions: Muqeem.
Born in Egypt in 1975, Ehab Mamdouh Ahmad Hilmi, also known as Ehab Mamdouh, grew up in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. An aspiring filmmaker who took to heart the idea that one must be well-versed in the past to understand the present and future, Mamdouh studied history, particularly cinema history, as part of his lib- eral arts program. Aer graduation, he gained experience at local cultural events as well as those organized by foreign cultural centers in Egypt, and pursued further study in digital production techniques, graphic design, and advertising, among other disciplines. Over the last sixteen years, he has worked primarily as a director and film producer, focusing on subjects such as identity, religion, the Arabian Peninsula, and Islam.
In conjunction with his film work, Mamdouh has long been interested in the visual arts and considers ev- erything he sees from an art historical perspective, all within a religious, historical, and cultural framework. Visits to historical mosques for Friday prayers and frequent tours of Islamic art museums, both beginning at an early age, exposed him to religious and historical concepts related to ancient Egyptian art, Fatimid and Mamluk Islamic monuments, and other art forms that have characterized Cairo throughout Muslim history. In addition, his love of reading on a multitude of subjects led him to publish a magazine entitled Bank of Arts, for which he served as editor in chief and artistic director.