Sarah Rifky is a writer and curator living in Cairo, Egypt. She is co-founder of Beirut, an art initiative and exhibition space in Cairo and founder of CIRCA (Cairo International Resource Center for Art). Rifky was co-curator of the Jogjakarta Biennale XII (2013), curator of Townhouse (2009-2011) and curatorial Agent for dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Cairo and Alexandria (2012). She co-managed MASS Alexandria, a school for young artists, with Wael Shawky (2010-2012) and was Adjunct Professor of Art History and Theory at the American University in Cairo (2010).
She is co-editor of Positionen: Zeitgenössische Künstler aus der Arabischen Welt (2013) and Damascus: Artists, Tourists and Secret Agents (2009). She is author of The Going Insurrection (2012) and Delusions of Reference: In Defense of Art (forthcoming), in addition to numerous essays and stories. She is a regular contributor to art publications including Art in America, Art Agenda, Bidoun, the Exhibitionist, and others.
Rifky is a doctoral fellow at the History, Theory and Criticism program as well as the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.