Yara El-Sherbini


Yara El-Sherbini (1978, London) received her MA from the Slade, UCL. In 2015 she presented work at the Venice Biennial, and had solo shows at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara.

Recent commissions include The Victoria & Albert, London for their National Art Library’s new initiative to archive contemporary & modern Arab, Turkish & Iranian art and design in 2012. Artist in Residence’s include the Hayward Gallery as part of Wide Open School, in 2012, and at ZKM, Germany as part of The Global Contemporary in 2011. She has shown work at Modern Art Oxford, David Roberts Art Foundation (London), RCA (London) and Lombard-Fried Projects (New York). Her work has been shown at the V&A (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), National Portrait Gallery (London), Tate Britain (London), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), CCCB Museum (Barcelona), Quad Gallery (Derby), BALTIC (Gateshead), Mostyn Gallery (Wales), and Palazzo Papesse (Siena).

Publications include Shiekh ’n’ Vac (Book Works), Life is More Important Than Art (ed. Gilane Tawadros) and Documenting Live, a publication and DVD reflecting the work of key live artists working in the 1990’s and 2000’s, developed by The Live Art Development Agency and David A Bailey. She has work in collections at The Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester) and Can Marques Museum (Spain).

Yara El-Sherbini is a 2014/15 Artsadmin associate artist and was featured in Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2008 at Bloomberg SPACE, London.


My playful interdisciplinary practice uses pop culture and humour to engage audiences in questioning social and political systems of power and influence. I appropriate familiar objects and social events, which are universally recognisable within specific cultural contexts (games, souvenirs), to invite audiences to take a look at the society that they live in, often revealing underlying belief systems, drawing audiences into a series of questions that ask ‘how do we come to know what it is that we know’  – Yara El-Sherbini, 2015


Artadmin Associate Artist

Harpers Bazaar Art, an article discussing Yara El-Sherbini’s practice

Contemporary Practice Magazine

A talk at Tate, as part of Altermodern Manifesto: The Great Exhibition

Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2008 at Bloomberg SPACE, London