Mounir Samuel (1989) is a multidisciplinary artist, renown journalist, author and cultural entrepreneur working on the crossroads of politics, religion, media, culture, art, language and geography.
Working from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Mounir is both Dutch and Egyptian. Moving through the world with a broad set of – to many opposing set of – identities, he not only advocates the full embrace of one’s multiple identities but moreover transcend them.
Mounir has written more than a dozen books; from fiction to non fiction, poetry to essays. In his work he addresses a wide variety of themes, always stressing their interaction. Mounir deals with the major questions of the day and advocates social justice and radical change. He has been a frequent guest in all sorts of talkshows on radio and television in both the Netherlands and Belgium. He has also hosted his own TV show de Nieuwe Wereld (“the New World”) and made several tv documentaries such as De Vrijheid van Tahrir: de revolutie van de jeugd (“The freedom of Tahrir: the revolution of the youth”).
From (co) curating the museum exhibition What a Genderful World at Tropenmuseum and Wereldmuseum, to the theater solo En toen Schiep God Mounir (“And then God created Mounir”) to keynotes such as The Restoration of Adam and Eve for IMPAKT festival – Mounir always keeps challenging the existing socio-political constructs of love, gender roles, religious doctrine and men’s relationship with earth and climate.
He has been rewarded with many prices from the Kleurrijke Prijs (“The Colorful Price”) to major journalistic achievement awards such as Dick Scherpenzeel aanmoedigingsprijs en Lira Correspondentprijs voor talent jonger dan 30 jaar. Winq Magazine named Mounir Samuel the change maker of the decade.
Mounir’s manual Waarden voor een nieuwe taal (“Values for a new language”) launched by Code Diversiteit & Inclusie (“Code Diversity & Inclusion”) in 2021 became the guide book for utilizing a value based language that is safe, accessible, decolonized, gender inclusive and created for and by everyone.
Mounir Samuel studied political science, international relations & diplomacy, Middle Eastern studies and Islamic law at University of Leiden and UC San Diego. He works as a trainer, coach, motivational speaker, host, performance artist and more.
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© Pictures by Irwan Droog, 2020