Susan Hefuna is fascinated in the networks and structures of connection that inhabit public spaces and how they become the framework for peoples' interactions with each other, in particular how these networks become visible through and influenced by architectural models and city planning. Upon arriving at a city, she spends a few days traversing its streets and squares until this calmative process lulls her into a state in which she feels ready to compose work that will capture the atmosphere of the location.


Susan Hefuna, b.1962, New York, lives and works in Cairo, Egypt; Dusseldorf, Germany and New York, USA. 


Major exhibitions include; Reflections, Contemporary Art of Middle East and North Africa, The British Museum, London, UK (2021 – upcoming); Susan Hefuna: Crossroads (solo), Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany (2020); Susan Hefuna: Thought (solo), Pi Artworks London, London Collective on Vortic Collect, UK; Global(e) Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2020); Textiles (solo), Pi Artworks London, UK (2019); Climbing Through the Tide, Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunesia (2019); But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, Galleria d'Arte Moderna Milano, Italy (2018); Long Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, USA (2018); TOGATHER (solo), Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK (2017); Sol LeWitt - A tribute (group), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2016); Imperfect Chronology, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); Susan Hefuna: Crossroads 2002-2015 (solo), Pi Artworks London, UK (2016); But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, Guggenheim New York, USA (2016); The Strange and the Familiar (solo), UBS Schloss Wolfsberg, Switzerland (2015); Contemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2015); Susan Hefuna: Another Place (solo), Sharjah Art Foundation, Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah (2014); Buildings (solo), Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany (2014); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA (2014); Nouvelles Vagues- Champs Elysees, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2013);  On the Edgware Road, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2012); Edgware Road@Cairo 2010/1431 (solo), The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (2010); On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2010); Fare Mondi, 53rd Venice Biennial, Italy (2009); and The Jameel Art Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (2009).

Public collections include; Tate Modern, London, UK; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE; Guggenheim NY, USA; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA; LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), CA, USA; The Louvre Museum, Paris, France; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Barjeel Art Foundation Collection, UAE, British Museum, UK and Victoria and Albert Museum, UK.

Hefuna's work is documented in a three volume publication, Pars Pro Toto, by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist released in 2008-2014.



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