Magdi Mostafa is a Cairo-based artist who works primarily with site-specific, research-driven sound projects, multimedia installations, and experimental music. Exploring the conceptual relationships between sound and space, Mostafa’s work often draws on his interests in the phenomenological experience of the individual in the city and the nostalgia of outmoded technologies. He began his experimental investigations into sound and architecture in 2001.
Mostafa’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Exhibitions include Sharjah Biennale 11; Jogjakarta Biennale XII; Surface of spectral scattering, at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt; Cairo Documenta; Art Dubai, in Dubai, UAE; Artissima12, in Turin, Italy; The One & The Multiple, in Barcelona, Spain; VisibilityProject8, in Istanbul, Turkey; and exhibitions at the Biblioteca of Alexandria, and the Cairo Opera House. Mostafa has got Sharjah Biennale prize, and also three prizes from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his work in the Salon of Youth, including the Grand Prize of 2007.
Mostafa has participated in residency programs in the U.S. and Europe, including at the Bronx Museum for the Arts (2010), Cittadell’arte in Italy (2011), and the Hanger Arts and Media Center in Spain (2009). His experimental electronic music and noise compositions have been hosted on different online radio stations, and were featured in a month-long solo program on 100radiostation.