Nour Shantout

Nour Shantout is an artist and researcher. She was born in Damascus, Syria in 1991, and she is based in Vienna since 2015. She started studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Damascus in 2009 and continued her work abroad. She received her bachelor of visual arts in 2014 at The Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, the Helen EL Khal prize (2014), and pursued her studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She got her diploma of fine arts at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien (Textual Sculpture, Prof. Heimo Zobernig) in 2020. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies in Philosophy at the same Academy. In 2021, her research-based project ‘Searching for the New Dress’ received the Production Award; Culture Resource, as well as The Visual Arts grant; The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Beirut). Moreover, she presented her work in the lecture series ‘Art and Protest’ at Yale's Beinecke Library and at The Palestinian Museum US. She works around subjugated heritage, counter-memory, counter-history, labour and alienation, from a post-colonial feminist perspective.