Founded by curator Aleya Hamza in Cairo in 2013, Gypsum showcases an international program focused on an engagement with social, political and formal questions. The gallery represents 12 artists living and working between the Middle East, Europe and the United States, whose rigorous and singular art practices vary in medium and form. Gypsum is committed to the production and dissemination of contemporary art and to forging long-standing relationships with its roster of artists. The gallery is interested in relocating the progressive and investigative art practices that have been associated with the non-profit art sector of Cairo and the Middle East to a commercial gallery context, in an intimate and generative setting that allows for sociability and conversation.
Our artists have been acquired by leading regional and international collections which include the Centre Pompidou, France; The Metropolitan Museum, USA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, USA; Guggenheim, USA; Foundation Louis Vuitton, France; Castello di Rivoli, Italy; Bonnefantenmuseum and Huis Marseilles, The Netherlands; Museum for Kunst und Gewerb Hamburg, Germany; Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE and Mathaf: Museum of Modern Art in Qatar.
Aleya Hamza is a curator based in Cairo. Since completing her MA in History of Art at Goldsmiths College in 2001, she has lectured in contemporary art at the American University in Cairo, and worked as a curator at Townhouse Gallery and the Contemporary Image Collective in Cairo. Her projects and exhibitions have been featured internationally in Alexandria, Amsterdam, Beirut, Berlin, Bonn, Budapest, Cairo, London, Odense and Rabat. She co-curated the third and fourth editions of PhotoCairo in 2005 and 2008, Objects in Mirror Are Closer than they Appear at the Tate Modern in 2013 and Sounds As If for the 2016 edition of DCAF Festival in Cairo.