Nelly El Sharkawy

b. 1995


Nelly El Sharkawy is a Cairo-based architect, photographer and ballet dancer whose works range from conceptual street photography to architectural photography. She is currently the managing partner and creative director of Cairopolitan, a design boutique and art gallery in Cairo, Egypt. El Sharkawy displayed her works in a solo exhibition at “Even a Brick Wants to be Something Else” at the Cairo Photo Week (Cairo, 2023) and “Le Carnaval,” at Gypsum Gallery OVR (Cairo, 2021). Her recent group exhibitions include “Woman, a Manifesto” at TAM Gallery (Cairo,2023), Cairo International Art District 2nd Edition (Cairo, 2022), The Cairo Art Fair 8th Edition (Cairo, 2022), “ Sky, Earth and the Air” at Shelter Art Space (Alexandria, 2022) and “Sameness” at TU Berlin (El Gouna, 2018). El Sharkawy won the “Best Innovative Photograph” award of the Cairo Camera Club in 2013 and Egypt’s Commercial International Bank (CIB) award at the 25th Youth Salon in 2014.