Matador Review

A Quarterly Missive of Alternative Concern

shaima sobhy


"buffalo 2"


"daily life"


"the kiss"


("Sobhy's work on the hypocrisy that surrounds female sexuality in Egypt has caused significant controversy in the past. In 2010, she participated in the Ministry of Culture show, The Human Body, with a painting that depicted a woman in niqab (full facial veil), naked from the waist down and her genitals on full view. The public outcry was immediate and Facebook groups dedicated to abusing the young artist sprang up. Still she argues, the experience was a positive one. 'My message was about the strength of this woman; about how she was on display by choice, in full command of her body and her needs. Now I see that there is so much hypocrisy behind culturally accepted signifiers. The message of my work hasn't changed since that time, but as long as I don't use loaded symbols, I am now left alone.'" -Yasmin Alaam)

Shaima Sobhy was born and raised in Dubai, UAE (1984), and moved to Egypt to study art. She has exhibited widely in Egypt and Germany. She received her Master's degree from Hochschule Merseburg, University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Germany and is currently a PhD student at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar. To finance her artistic output, she worked as an instructor in the Arts department at the German University in Cairo, Egypt.