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.

Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange with the institution and with visitors. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement program is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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.