Kaya Behkalam is a visual artist and filmmaker, born in Berlin, Germany and living in Cairo, Egypt. He is a PhD Candidate in Visual Arts at the Bauhaus University Weimar, after perceiving his MFA in Media Art at the University of Arts Berlin. Since 2012 he is an Assistant Professor of Art at the American University in Cairo where he is also the director of the Sharjah Art Gallery.
He is the co-founder of the artist group RELOADING IMAGES, an initiative that works on collective projects of artistic research. His video-, installation- and text-based works explore the entanglements of historiography, image politics, performativity and perception.
Among other places his works have been shown at the HKW and Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Queens Museum New York, Townhouse Gallery Cairo, Reina Sofia Museum Madrid, Azad Gallery Tehran, Kunstverein Heidelberg, the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, IDFA Amsterdam and the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. His film Excursions in the Dark has been awarded with the Dialogue Award 2012 at the European Media Art Festival EMAF.