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b. 1969, UAE

Mohammed Kazem Biography

Mohammed Kazem (b. Dubai, 1969) has developed an artistic practice that encompasses video, photography and performance to find new ways of apprehending his environment and experiences. The foundations of his work are informed by his training as a musician, and Kazem is deeply engaged with developing processes that can render transient phenomena, such as sound and light, in tangible terms. Often positioning himself within his work, Kazem responds to geographical location, materiality and the elements as a means to assert his subjectivity, particularly in relation to the rapid pace of modernisation in the Emirates since the country’s founding.

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Kazem was a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society early in his career and is acknowledged as one of the 'Five', an informal group of Emirati artists - including Hassan Sharif and Abdullah Al Saadi - at the vanguard of conceptual and interdisciplinary art practice. In 2012, Kazem studied his Masters in Fine Art at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has participated in the Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society in Sharjah since 1986 until recently, as well as numerous editions of Sharjah Biennial, obtaining first prize for installation in 1999 and 2003. In 2007, Kazem was invited to co-curate the Sharjah Biennial. In recent years, Kazem has participated in group shows at the Mori Art Museum, Japan (2012); Boghossian Foundation, Belgium (2013); the Gwangju Museum of Art (2014); and the 2014 edition of Fotofest in Houston. He has exhibited twice at the Venice Biennale; firstly in 2009 as part of a group exhibition curated by Catherine David, and in 2013 Kazem represented the country with an immersive video installation entitled 'Walking on Water', curated by Reem Fadda. His works are held in the collections of, amongst others, the British Museum, London; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.

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'The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence' from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum collection: a transcultural perspective on art since the 1960s Related Press 'The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence' from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum collection: a transcultural perspective on art since the 1960s 15 May 2017, Art Radar Journal

The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence brings together over 18 artists from the 1960s until now. Held at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi, the second exhibition from the collection brings together more than 25 artworks ranging from installations to works on paper and paintings.

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8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 Related Press 8 highlights from the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 5 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

Held over nine sites and including 33 artists, the first edition of the Honolulu Biennial takes place between 8 March and 8 May 2017. Entitled Middle of Now | Here, the Biennial challenges the idea that Hawaiʻi is in 'the middle of nowhere'. Covering more than 30 percent of the Earth's surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on...

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The Guggenheim’s potentially controversial 'Middle East' show is anything but Related Press The Guggenheim’s potentially controversial 'Middle East' show is anything but 23 May 2016, The Creators Project

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, the Solomon R. Guggenheim’s new show, may be a mouthful, but what it purports to accomplish stays relatively straightforward. The final part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, the lyrically-titled exhibition introduces a newly acquired work designed to broaden the scope of the...

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Honolulu Biennial in 2017 to spotlight local and international contemporary artists Related Press Honolulu Biennial in 2017 to spotlight local and international contemporary artists 23 February 2016, The New York Times

Hawaii has a population of more than 1.4 million people but not a single museum is dedicated to contemporary art, said Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, a co-founder of the first Honolulu Biennial, which will open in spring 2017. “We can both highlight our tremendous local talent as well as bring in national and international contemporary artists...

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