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b. 1963, Egypt

Ghada Amer Biography

'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 that simple objectification ignores. 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.

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Ghada 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.

Ghada Amer was born in Cairo in 1963. In 1974, her parents relocated to France where she began her artistic training ten years later at Villa Arson, Nice, France. She currently lives and works in New York and has exhibited among others at the Venice Biennale, the Sydney Biennale, the Whitney Biennale, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Text courtesy Cheim & Read.

Ghada Amer Featured Artworks

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Study for a Broken Box #1 by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerStudy for a Broken Box #1, 2017Acrylic and ink on cardboard
76.2 x 196.9 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
Study for the Red Portrait by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerStudy for the Red Portrait, 2017Acrylic and ink on cardboard
63.5 x 127 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery
Landscape with Black Mountains - RFGA by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerLandscape with Black Mountains - RFGA, 2017Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas
114.3 x 114.3 cm
KEWENIG Contact Gallery
A SUMMER IN INDIA by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerA SUMMER IN INDIA, 2017Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas
114.3 x 114.3 cm
Goodman Gallery Contact Gallery
BLUE BRA GIRLS by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerBLUE BRA GIRLS, 2012Cast, polished, stainless steel
185.4 x 152.4 x 137.2 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Lady In Purple-RFGA by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerLady In Purple-RFGA, 2016Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas
106.7 x 127 cm
KEWENIG Contact Gallery
Blue Ocean - RFGA by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerBlue Ocean - RFGA, 2014Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas
114.3 x 114.3 cm
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Goodman Gallery
Baisers 1 by Ghada Amer contemporary artwork
Ghada AmerBaisers 1, 2011/2012Black painted bronze
57.2 x 40.6 x 50.8 cm
Tina Kim Gallery Contact Gallery

Ghada Amer Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Ghada Amer, Room #10: ,Thoughts' at KEWENIG, Berlin
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15 October–9 November 2019 Ghada Amer Room #10: ,Thoughts' KEWENIGBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine at Goodman Gallery, London
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3 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine Goodman GalleryLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, For Mario at Tina Kim Gallery, New York
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28 June–23 August 2019 Group Exhibition For Mario Tina Kim GalleryNew York

Ghada Amer Represented By

Cheim & Read contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Cheim & Read New York
Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, Cape Town, London
KEWENIG contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany KEWENIG Berlin, Palma
Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul

Ghada Amer In Related Press

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How Ghada Amer Uses Seduction to Expose Sexism Related Press How Ghada Amer Uses Seduction to Expose Sexism 10 May 2018, Hyperallergic

Ghada Amer, in her current exhibition at Cheim and Read, does something that formidable artists do: makes a proposal that is, in essence, unanswerable. In her 2016 painting Women in White, she combines outlines of women's bodies made in acrylic with embroidery that hangs over the figures to make them washy and vague. Only when I get closer to...

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'The last taboo is the penis': John Cheim on 'The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men' at Cheim & Read Related Press 'The last taboo is the penis': John Cheim on 'The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men' at Cheim & Read 10 August 2016, ARTNews

The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Looking at Men,  a group show that runs at Cheim & Read through September 2, is as ambitious in scope as it is in ideology, showcasing work by a wide range of artists–including Tracey Emin, Alice Neel, Diane Arbus, and Jenny Holzer–who have applied a nontraditional lens to viewing and depicting...

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African women first: 'Lucy’s Iris' at Musée Départmental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart Related Press African women first: 'Lucy’s Iris' at Musée Départmental d’Art Contemporain, Rochechouart 10 August 2016, Art Radar Journal

Though discovered in 1974, in the midst of African decolonial processes and independence struggles, the original ancestor of all humankind, an African woman was given the name Lucy. But what about her African roots? What about her role as the mother of all humankind? Lucy’s Iris  considers Lucy’s view of her prodigal daughters who...

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What do women see: 'The Female Gaze' Related Press What do women see: 'The Female Gaze' 5 August 2016, Whitewall

Currently on display at Cheim & Read is a look at men from the perspective of 32 female artists. The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men  is the second half of a two-part exhibition at the Chelsea gallery. The first debuted in 2009 titled Women Look At Women.  This latest exhibition offers multiple portrayals of men...

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Ghada Amer In Video & Audio

For Mario Related Video & Audio For Mario 18 July 2019, Tina Kim Gallery

Curator Adam Charlap Hyman (of Charlap Hyman & Herrero) discusses the overarching theme of For Mario.

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