Ghada Amer


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Ghada Amer, Kapwani Kiwanga and Yinka Shonibare on group show ‘Soft Power’ at the Transpalette Centre d’art in France

SOFT POWER is a group exhibition at the Transplatte Centre d’art featuring contemporary artists who incorporate textiles into their practices (31 October – 19 January). The exhibition features among others Ghada Amer, Kapwani Kiwanga and Yinka Shonibare MBE whose work explores the conceptual implications of textile materials as a way to explore ideas around representation of black bodies, the experience of the exile and anti-feminist stereotypes. The result is a collection of work that ‘engage in the counter-event, a reverse positioning, against the flow of the alienating spectacle and the regeneration of a fossilized collective imagination,’ writes curator Julie Crenn.

Dallas Contemporary hosts a solo exhibition of Ghada Amer's ceramic works

Titled Ceramics, Knots, Thoughts, Scraps, Dallas Contemporary hosts an exhibition of Ghada Amer’s ceramic artworks (30 September – 17 December). Having recently turned to the medium as a mode of production, and the first show dedicated to Amer’s ceramic sculptures, the works on view reference the legacy of male artists who represent highly gendered practices – including Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, and John Chamberlain. While Amer’s embroidered canvases speak to the language of painting, her ceramics serve as sculpture. In the artist’s hands the delicate, pliable nature of the clay is a fitting vehicle through which to evoke the fragility of edifice. The women Amer renders are presented as vessels. The illusion of women as purely aesthetic entities is easily shattered, much like the material they are incised into.

Ghada Amer on group show at NYU Abu Dhabi

Glimpse into a New Painting by Ghada Amer features on Ways of Seeing, a group show at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery (3 September – 17 November). Taking its cue and title from John Berger’s 1972 groundbreaking BBC television series and respective critical book on visual culture, Ways of Seeing invites audiences to investigate the manifold ways artists imbue otherwise familiar forms and concepts with renewed appearances and meaning, creating in the words of Berger ‘[a] relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.’ In revisiting this seminal treatise, the exhibition raises not only the possibility for diverse viewpoints to co-exist, but also the necessity to safeguard art’s ability to confront us with various points of view.

Ghada Amer on group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

Ghada Amer’s Heather’s Dégradé features on the Brooklyn Museum’s latest group exhibition, Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection (23 August – 31 March). Curated by Catherine Morris and Carmen Hermo, the exhibition presents new acquisitions, rediscoveries, and major works from the Brooklyn Museum collection from an intersectional feminist perspective, reflecting on contemporary conversations about feminism and culture. It highlights artists whose work commands our attention with direct messages of resistance and protest; questioning the historical narratives of the United States; calling for an understanding of how political realities are embedded in personal experience; exploring sexuality and exploitation in contexts of gendered power dynamics; and rethinking the biases present in art history and visual culture.

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    Ghada Amer, Reza Farkhondeh & Collaborative Work / No Romance

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    In Context / this past was waiting for me / 2018

    In Context: Africans in America (at Goodman Gallery and Johannesburg Art Gallery)

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Speaking Back | Curated by Natasha Becker / 2015

    Eat Me / 2011

    Winter Show / Joburg / 2010

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    Ghada Amer at Villa Datris

    Work by Ghada Amer features on the exhibition Sculptrices at Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-Sorgue, France. The exhibition invites visitors to discover the world of sculpture by women artists and includes 60 artists, with more than 80 works, including twenty installed in the sculpture garden of the Villa Datris. The exhibition runs from 28 April to 11 November 2013.