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Ahmed Essamra

Video artist and film maker

Ahmed Essamra has participated in Transmission of Interactive Audiovisual Object on the Internet workshop in June in Alexandria and in October in Beirut 2007

Ahmed Essamra was born in Alexandria in 1977 on 12/3/1979. He obtained a Baccalaureate in Fine Arts option photography from the University of Alexandria in 2000.

From 1999 to 2000, he used to work with the analogue media. He studied film making for two years (2002-2004) at the Jesuit Cultural Center of Alexandria. Between 1998 to 2000, he took part in many workshops dealing with multimedia tools (video art, film making, self-expression to movement, animation, audio art…). The personal memories of the artist are the essential subject of his work, because they are very similiar to the experiences of many people around the world. He deals with various themes by exploring many techniques : the art of photography, video art, narrative movies, animation movie, audio movies and multimedia.

He has been selected for the egyptian pavillon at Puglia 2008 – Italy
XIII B J C E M B i e n n i a l in visual arts.

Beetwen 1999 and 2008, he directed 10 experimental videos and 2 short narrative films and 6 documentaries.

2000 : « A bug », video art, 5 min.

2004 : « Sahib al loaba » (The master of the game), short film.

2005 : « Abouh Atallah » , documentary, 28 min

2006 : « Mask of mine », video art, 4 min.

2007 : « Papa », short film, 22 min.
It’s a story about two different childs in two different places, each of them have the same problem, searching for a father or another thing. At the first I wrote the script about a journey for a child searching for his father who left home a months before, after I got the idea which I loved a lot to make the film twice with two different places and two different actors and even two different languages it makes the film more poetric and intertaning.

2008 : « Story from the desert » documentary, 28 min.

His latest video work, « 30 YEARS OLD » can be seen on you tube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzGHoVBdS4g

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