Visual artist, Curator
Born in 1979, Alexandria- Egypt.
Earned her BA from the faculty of Specific Education, Arts Education dep-Alexandria University in 2000.
In 2003, she obtained the arts education high diploma from the faculty of Arts Education-Helwan
University in Cairo.
From 2000 until present she did several studies in painting, digital photography & pinhole camera. She has participated in several local & international Exhibitions since 1997 till present time.
Among her various experiences as an artist are the coordination and curating of spaces and events, the
direction of workshops & training as well as the work in the streets. Refaat was a curator at the Jesuits
Cultural Center studio hall, Alexandria since 2010 to 2012 from 2005 to 2010 has been the artistic
coordinator for the exhibitions & arts collection units in Alexandria Bibliotheca, Alex Workshop Centre and El Dokkan space for arts & society in Alexandria.
Sarah El-Haddad is currently our Business developer. Sarah is young Egyptian artist, traveller and marketer, graduated from AUC- Fine Arts and minor Business Administration. El-Haddad tries to mix her three fields of interest in her daily life with five-year experience in the three fields. El-Haddad strongly believes in the development of the society through Arts and always supports environmental projects, creating upcycled products from trash.
Karima Mansour graduated with both a B.A and a Masters degree in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School, London, England after having completed her B.A in Film from the High Institute of Cinema, Academy of Arts in Cairo, Egypt. Upon her return to Egypt she founded her company MAAT for Contemporary Dance in1999, the first Independent dance company to be established in the country. Since then she has created 18 full choreographic works that continue to be performed in various International festivals, as well as more than 20 various collaborations in Theatre and Film.
Karima has also formed MAAT Dance M.E.C.A (MAAT Movement for Egyptian Contemporary Art) which is an initiative that continues with the work MAAT has been busy with throughout the years of developing dance through choreographic works and organised workshops, that are taught by Karima Mansour and/or invited guests from all over the world, including dance film screenings and discussions revolving around the topic of dance and choreography.
Karima Mansour has been a teacher for the Cairo Opera Dance Theatre Company In 98, an Assistant Professor at the Ballet Institute, Academy of Arts 1999 to 2000, Adjunct Professor of Dance, as part of PVA (Performance and Visual Arts Department) at The American University In Cairo (Fall of 2010). Mansour is current founder & Artistic Director of the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, CCDC, operating under the umbrella of Maat Dance M.E.C.A. Mansour continues to works as free-lance teacher nationally and internationally while creating, performing and developing her own choreographic work and language as an artist.