Kamila Metwaly

Leading Curator MaerzMusik

Kamila Metwaly is a music journalist, electronic musician and curator based between Berlin and Cairo. In 2004–2009, Metwaly founded an independent arts and culture publication in Egypt and worked in radio and the independent film scene, maintaining a solid presence in Cairo’s cultural and activist scenes for many years. In 2017, Metwaly relocated to Berlin and joined SAVVY Contemporary, where she launched a long term curatorial project titled “Untraining the Ear Listening Sessions”, focusing on listening practices that challenge the epistemology of Western Euroamerican music canon. Her practice engages with various formats weaving performative and installative tools to expand and re-engage with non-dominant and non-normative music and sound histories and cultures.

As a curator and music researcher, Metwaly has been working on various exhibition and performances projects, including: “What Has All This Got To Do With Coconuts And Rice: A Listening Exhibition on José Maceda” (SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin 2017); “We have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal: Of, With, Towards on Julius Eastman” (SAVVY Contemporary/MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Berlin 2018), “The Dog Done Gone Deaf: Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh” with Bonaventure Ndikung (Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal 2018); “Here History Began: Tracing the Re/Verberations of Halim El-Dabh” (SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin 2020–2021). She has been appointed as a guest research curator for Donaueschingen Global, celebrating 100 years of the festival in its 2021 edition.

As of October 2021

Kamila Metwaly