Japanese / English

Past Exhibition


Susan Hefuna

Three elements

2020.9.7 - 10.2


1962 Born in Berlin in1962, Susan Hefuna grew up in Egypt, Germany, and Austria.
1992 She completed a postgraduate degree in multimedia at the Institut für Neue Medien, Städelschule, Frankfurt, where she studied under artist, curator, and theoretician Peter Weibel.


2019 Susan Hefuna, Anne Mosseri – Marlio Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
TEXTILES, Pi Artworks, London, UK
2018 Angst Eats Soul, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
2017 ToGather, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2016 Susan Hefhuna: CROSSROADS 2002-2016, Pi Artworks Istanbul/London, London, UK
2015 Susan Hefuna: Afaz, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA
Cairotraces, Pi Artworks, London, UK
2014 Another Place: Susan Hefuna Bait Ai Serkal, SAF Art Space, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Susan Hefuna, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA
Susan Hefuna – Buildings, Solo Show, Osthaus Museum, Hagen, Germany
2013 Susan Hefuna – Istanbul, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Susan Hefuna: Mapping Wien, Gallery Greta Insam, Vienna, Austria
2008 Susan Hefuna, Albion Gallery, New York, USA
Patience is Beautiful, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2007 Vitrines of Afaf, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2000 Life in the delta, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
Navigation xcultural, National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Group Show

2020 Rituals of Regard and Recollection, Law Warschaw Gallery – Macalester College, St. Paul, USA
2019 Arabicity / Ourorba, MEI Art Gallery, Washington D.C., USA
2019 - 20 This Land’s Unknown, Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans 2019, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France
2019 Borders, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
2018 - 19 Autofiktionen – Zeichnung der Gegenwart, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
2018 What do you mean, here we are?, Mosaic Rooms, London, UK
Long, Winding Journeys, Katonah Museum of Art, New York, USA
2017 Back To The Future, Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, USA
Between two rounds of fire, the exile of the sea, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C., USA
2017 - 18 RESONANZEN, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
2017 Public View, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Walk the Distance and Slow Down, Bouder Museum of Contemporary Art,Bounder, USA
The Creative Act: Perfomance・Process・Presence, Guggenhaim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi UAE
Escape Attempts: Curated by Kathy Battista, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, USA
2016 -17 Sol Lewitt. A Tribute, GEM – Museum of contemporary art, The Hague, The Netherlands
Cher(e)s Ami(e)s: Hommage aux donateurs des colledtions contemporaines, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Imperfect Chronology: Mapping the Contemporary Ⅱ, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London UK
2016 Rhona Hoffman 40 Years Part 2: Gender. Race.Identity. ,Rhona Hoffman Gallery,Chicago, USA
2016 - 17 Social Calligraphies, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Weltsicht, Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
2016 Built, World, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA
CHERS AMIS, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Guggenheim, New York, USA
Cross – border: Video works by contemporary female artists, Pātaka Art + Museum, New Zealand
Memory anf Continuity, A Selection from the Huma Kabakc Collection Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
do it ,بالعربي, Bait Al Shamsi, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE
2015 Alls and Margins Maraya Art Cantre – Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Ortstermin mit Leoni Wirth, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Imagining Space: Constructions of Text and Geometry, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA
Cobtemporary Art of the Middle East, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA
Bibliothecaphilia, MASSMoCA, North Adams, USA
Common Grounds, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich,Germany
Extending the Line, Colorado College IDEA: Interdisciplinary Arts Colorado. USA
2014 MATERIAL GESTURES Cut, Weave, Sew, Knot, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA
Here and Elsewhere, Group Show New Museum, New York, USA
Abstract Drawing, Drawing Room, London, UK
2013 Area Code, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, USA
Pi: Housewarming, Pi Artworks, London, UK
The Seven Valleys, Rose Issa Projscts, London, UK
2010 Susan Hefuna, Bharti Kher, Fred Tomaselli: Zwishen den Welten, Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland
2008 Museum as Hub: Antikhana, The New Museum, New York, USA
2004 Life in the delta, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt


2018 Susan Hefuna – Mapping Stein, Eine Intervetion in drei Akten, Mudeum Lindwurm und Storefront Kulturhaus, Stein am Rhein
2017 ToGather(Performance), Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK


2009 Venice Biennial, Arsenale and Giardini, Italy
2007 Mirage, Sharjah Biennial

Art Fair

2009 Dream, Art Dubai, UAE


2013 Susan Hefuna and Luca Veggetti: NOTATIONOTATIONS, The Drawing Center, New York, USA


2011 I love Egypt, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
2010 Edgware Road@Cairo, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt


2011 Celebrate Life: I love Egypt, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Susan Hefuna was born in Germany in 1962. Born to an Egyptian father and a German mother, she was raised in Egypt, Germany and Austria. Hefuna draws on her life and experiences in the different cultures of Egypt and Germany to create the works with a variety of media, including drawing, fabric, video, performance, photography, sculpture and installation.

Abstract images and symbols, multiple structures stitched together with thread, traditional “Mashrabiya” patterns in Islamic architectures, and sometimes physical movements are incorporated into the works, asking us a question about the meaning of images while the motifs and techniques are crossing different cultures and traditions.

Working mainly in Europe, she has already exhibited and performed abroad at MoMA (NY, 2010), The New Museum (NY, 2014) and Guggenheim Museum (NYC, 2016 and Abu Dhabi, 2017), as well as at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020) . The artist has received international recognition, including the Contemporary Drawing Prize of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Art Foundationin in Paris (2013).

This exhibition, held in Japan for the first time, focuses on three key elements that form the pillars of Hefuna's diverse body of work: drawing, fabric and video. The exhibition includes drawings with layered and transparent structures, tapestries made of embroidered Egyptian cotton fabric, and representative video works. The idea of this exhibition was naturally formulated through the artist's six visits to Japan.