Nour Shantout is an artist and researcher. She was born in Damascus, Syria in 1991, and she has been 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. She was granted the Helen El Khal prize (2014) and pursued her studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She received her fine arts diploma from 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, and she is also a visiting lecturer at IZK, The Institute for Contemporary Art, Architecture Faculty of the Graz University of Technology.
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, labor, and alienation from a post-colonial feminist perspective.
During her Gate 27 period, Shantout will work on her research-based project titled “Searching for the New Dress,”, which explores how Palestinian embroidery is influenced by the migration of Syrian women who took refuge in the Palestinian camp “Shatila” in Lebanon after the war in Syria. The artist will work with non-governmental organizations in Istanbul as well as conduct workshops.