Ghada  Amer

Ghada Amer

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Born in 1963

Lives & works in New York , United States

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Presentation of the artist

Ghada Amer (b. 1963, Cairo, Egypt) views herself primarily as a painter, but she has worked in a variety of media, producing ceramics, site-specific garden works, photographs, prints, drawings, installations, and performance pieces.

Her work has always explored ideas related to women, femininity, and gender roles. ‘I believe that all women should like their bodies and use them as tools of seduction,’ Amer stated; and in her well-known erotic embroideries, she at once rejects oppressive laws set in place to govern women’s attitudes toward their bodies and repudiates first-wave feminist theory that the body must be denied to prevent victimisation. By depicting explicit sexual acts with the delicacy of needle and thread, their significance assumes a tenderness absent within simple objectification. Amer continuously allows herself to explore the dichotomies of an uneasy world and confronts the language of hostility and finality with unsettled narratives of longing and love.

Amer’s work addresses first and foremost the ambiguous, transitory nature of the paradox that arises when searching for concrete definitions of east and west, feminine and masculine, art and craft. Through her paintings, sculptures and public garden projects, Amer takes traditional notions of cultural identity, abstraction, and religious fundamentalism and turns them on their heads.
She has also created a number of text-based works, most notably the installation piece Encyclopaedia of Pleasure, which comprises fifty-seven canvas boxes inscribed with embroidered texts serving as investigations of sexual and spiritual identity. While her works serve as commentary on the roles of women, they also offer a critique of painting itself, particularly in its largely masculine Abstract Expressionist mode. Her incorporation of thread into the parameters of the canvas legitimates a form of expression seen as particularly feminine.

Amer has shown her work all over the world, including the Istanbul, Johannesburg, Whitney, Gwangju, Sydney and Venice biennales; in major travelling shows such as The Short Century; Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora; and Africa Remix. She has exhibited at P.S. 1 in New York and SITE Santa Fe, and in 2008 the Brooklyn Museum hosted Love Has no End, a retrospective of twenty years of Amer’s work. Amer trained to be an artist at Villa Arson, Nice, France.

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Nationality : Egypt

Painting Sculpture Drawing Works on paper Print Contemporary Art

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1963

Born in Cairo, Egypt

Education

1989

MFA in Painting, Villa Arson EPIAR, Nice, France.

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Solo exhibitions & presentations

2014

Rainbow Girls, Cheim and Read, New York, NY, USA.

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2013

Référence à Elle, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea.

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2012

The Other I, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

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2012

Ghada Amer, Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal.

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2011

100 Words of Love, Cheim & Read, New York, NY, USA.

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2011

No Romance, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2014

The Divine Comedy. The Mmk Frankfurt Museum, Germany.

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2014

Songs of Loss and Songs of Love, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea.

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2014

Killer Heels, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY, USA

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2014

Mauvais Genre, Addict Galerie, Paris, France.

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2013

Sculptrices, Villa Datris, Fondation pour la Sculpture Contemporaine, L’Isle-sur-Sorgue, France.

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2013

Earth Matters, National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.

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2012

Le Corps Découvert, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France.

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2012

Prism – Drawing from 1990-2011, The National Museum of Art,Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway.

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