History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Lina El-Shamy

Modern/Contemporary

Email: lina.el.shamy@mail.utoronto.ca | Website: http://cargocollective.com/linaelshamy

Supervisors: Kajri Jain and Elizabeth Harney

Lina El-Shamy is a graphic artist, filmmaker, and art/visual culture anthropologist. Originally hailing from Alexandria, Egypt, and having lived through several “radically” polarized cultures, Lina believes in the power of images to communicate across disciplines and borders. That is why she makes them and studies their effect, making sure to mobilize her scholarship into film and graphic art. In her work she tries to make relevant the study of “faraway” cultures by localizing them—a process she calls “self-orientalism.”

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Postcolonial visual culture
  • 20th-century and contemporary Arab culture
  • History of graphic design and typography
  • Politics of aesthetics (and vice versa)
  • Autoethnography
  • Visual anthropology
Education
  • MA Art History, University of Toronto
  • BDes Graphic Design, Ontario College of Art & Design University
Recent Awards
  • 2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2015 Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC CGS-M)

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