Nagla Samir was born 1969, in Cairo, Egypt, where she currently lives and works.
She studied graphic design at the Faculty of Applied Arts, obtaining her BA in 1992.
She holds an MFA and Ph.D in visual communication.
After 10 years of practicing as a graphic designer thru to creative director, Nagla joined the art scene, parallel to her academic career as an Assistant Professor of art and design.
Her work falls within diverse disciplines; including photography, digital image, video and installation.
-Forgotten Voices, featuring new collective "Boys and Toys", The Photographic Gallery, AUC, Egypt, 2011
-Forgotten Voices, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, 2007
-Winged, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, 2005
Group exhibitions include:
-"Eternally Humane", Saint Germain des Pres, Paris, France, 2015
-"Fools' Paradise", Palace of Arts, Cairo Opera House, 2014
-Lulea Art Biennial LAB11, Sweden, 2011
-Off- Cairo Biennial Private collective show,Ofok Jeeran Gallery, Egypt, 2010
-"The Human Figure",Palace of Arts, Cairo, 2010
-"Domestic Archives", Arab Union of Photographers, Hamburg, 2010
-"Undercurrent", Contemporary Egyptian Art show, Artsawa, Dubai, 2009
-The Fourth Pyramid "Um Kalthum Exhibition", Institute Du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2008
Touring Bahrain, Dubai, 2009
-"What's Happening Now", Reviewing Egypt's Contemporary Art Scene, Cairo, 2008
-Mediterranean Biennale D' Alexandrie, Egypt, 2007 (Granted Biennale's Award)
-"Lo Spirito Di Assisi", Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi, Italy, 2007
-The Egyptian Culture Week, Algeria, 2006
-Tribute to Lebanon, Portrait Art Gallery, Cairo, 2006
-Contemporary Arts Festival for Egyptian Woman, Gezira Art Center, Cairo, 2004
Nagla's work was shown at the Morocco art fair, and the Washington Design Center.
In 2006 Nagla started a parallel career as a culture operator, when she founded and directed Passage 35, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture in Egypt. She was appointed Director of the
Sharjah Gallery at the American University in Cairo 2011.
Currently operating independently.
Curatorial projects include:
-"Beyond Classification", Sewanne University of the South Gallery, TN, USA, 2015
-"Generator", Medrar for Contemporary Arts, Gezira Art Center, and Zawya Cinema, 2014
-"El-Touni Design Retrospective", Sharjah Art Gallery, The American University in Cairo, 2014
-"Liberation- A Process Review", Havremagasinet, Boden, Sweden, 2012
- Co-curated "Bearing Witness" with Arturo Lindsay, Medrar for Contemporary Arts, Cairo, 2012
-"A Survival Guide", Sharjah Art Gallery, Cairo, 2010
-Co-curated "Roto project, El-Ekhtiyar", Mequias Khan, Cairo, Egypt, 2009. Touring Turin, Italy- Bratislava, Slovakia- Prague,
Czech Republic- Dublin, Ireland
-"Egyptian Women Artists", Vienna, Austria, 2009
-"IMAFY" The first international media arts forum for youth, Palace of Arts, Cairo, 2008
-"Images from Egypt", Kathmandu, Nepal, 2008