Marwan Bassiouni’s detailed photographs question how Islam is represented in the West, and show a society in which several cultures exist alongside and with each other. His celebrated series New Dutch Views is a symbolic portrait of his double cultural background, and it highlights the fact that a new Western Islamic identity is emerging.
Marwan Bassiouni (1985) holds a BA in photography from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and a photographer CFC from the Photography School of Vevey (CEPV). In 2019, he had a solo exhibition at The Hague Museum of Photography and published the book ‘New Dutch Views’. His work has been exhibited at Bienne Festival of Photography (CH), Photobastei /VFG prize, Zürich (CH), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), Circulation(s), Paris (FR), Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), Aperture (USA), Paris Photo (FR), Athens Photo Festival (GR), SBK Galerie, Amsterdam (NL), Kunsthal Helmond (NL), De Warande, Turnhout (BE) and galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (NL).
Work by Bassiouni is held in private and public collections, including Kunstmuseum Bern, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Fenix Museum of Migration, AEGON Art Collection, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amsterdam UMC, Menzis Art Collection, KPMG Collection and Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration. Bassiouni is the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Student Grant, the Harry Pennings Prize, the Prix Circulation(s)-Fujifilm, the Ron Mandos Photo Talent Award and the Emerging Artist Grant of the Mondrian Fund.
Bassiouni’s work is currently on view in the exhibition ‘Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography’ at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.