Yasmine El Rashidi

Yasmine El Rashidi was in Los Angeles for a residency until early May 2012 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 took 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 accompanied an exhibition in Cairo that examined 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 Artist Residency Program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and is supported through a significant grant from the James Irvine Foundation.