Artist Statement

Nahed Mansour is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist working between video, installation, drawing, and performance to explore the relationship between entertainment, labour, and processes of racialization.

Her research-based practice centers iconic entertainers from her childhood including: Bill Bojangles Robinson, Shirley Temple, Michael Jackson, as well as iconic Egyptian entertainers Fayrouz and Sherihan; and most recently the historic bellydancer Little Egypt. These entertainers become apertures in her practice for thinking about the ways racial identities are performed and negotiated in popular culture. In presenting my work alongside material culture that informs my practice, she creates a constellation of images and ideas informed by critical feminist and post-colonial readings of history.


She has also held the positions of Constituent Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada, Artistic Director at the South Asian Visual Arts Centre, as well as Director of Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts - Toronto. In addition, working as an independent curator, her programs have been exhibited at La Centrale Gallery, Critical Distance, VTape's Curatorial Incubator, SAVAC's Monitor, Toronto Free Gallery, and Pleasuredome's New Toronto Works.

She has written for MICE (Moving Image Culture Etc.) Magazine as well as Fuse Magazine, where she sat on the editorial committee from 2011 - 2014. She has also served on the boards of Fado, Pleasuredome, Community Arts Ontario, and Toronto Free Gallery.

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