Yasmine El Rashidi

Yasmine El Rashidi

Yasmine El Rashidi is in Los Angeles for a residency until early May and is currently working on two books. The Successors is a literary nonfiction biography and memoir of her generation (Random House US/Penguin UK, 2014). Her other book is a gallery-commissioned publication that will take the form of a series of edited and excerpted interviews with and around the Egyptian diaspora in Los Angeles. Commissioned by Townhouse Gallery, the publication will accompany an exhibition in Cairo that examines the role and potential of the arts during times of political upheaval.


Yasmine El Rashidi (b.1977, Egypt) is a Cairo-based writer. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, a contributing editor to the arts and culture quarterly Bidoun, and the author of The Battle for Egypt (Random House/NYRB 2011). Her writing has also appeared in publications including the London Review of BooksApertureThe GuardianMonocle, Le Monde DiplomatiqueIndex on CensorshipMs., and the Arabic literary journal Weghat Nazar. She was formerly a writer-in-residence at Townhouse Gallery and will be a 2012-13 fellow at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

The Hammer Museum’s Public Engagement program seeks to create a new kind of interactive museum: an artist-driven visitor engagement program that encourages contact among visitors, artists, and Museum staff, and activates spaces in imaginative ways.

Public Engagement was established in 2009 thanks to a James Irvine Foundation Arts Innovation Fund grant. Via Public Engagement, artists examine and respond to fundamental museum issues related to the visitor experience in an attempt to deepen the Hammer’s connection with its guests.

The Hammer Museum's Artist Residency Program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a significant grant from the James Irvine Foundation.