Nahed Mansour is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist and curator. Working in video, installation, and performance, her works typically draw on visual archives to highlight the relationship between entertainment, labour, and processes of racialization and gendering. In using found images and found footage in her work, Mansour seeks to draw attention to the reproduction of social hierarchies by means of seemingly innocent forms of entertainment.
Her current project focuses on the iconography of Little Egypt, the stage name of the first belly-dancer in North America, who premiered the dance during the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 in Chicago.
She is Constituent Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. Previously Nahed has held the position of Artistic Director at the South Asian Visual Arts Centre, as well as Director of Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts – Toronto.
She has written for MICE (Moving Image Culture Etc.) Magazine as well as Fuse Magazine, where she sat on the editorial committee from 2011 – 2014.