Ghada Amer (Egyptian , b.1963)
"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 victimization. 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.
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.
Part of major museum collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI.
Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC) Paris, France
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Auvergne, France.
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.
Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
LaM Museum, Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut
Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany.
Neuberger Berman Art Collection, New York, NY.
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Samsung Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.