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Ghada Amer

Date: born 1963, Egypt
Born in Cairo, Egypt, artist Ghada Amer has lived and worked in New York City since 1995. Amer moved to France at age 11 and went on to receive her BFA and MFA from the École pilot international d’art et de recherche (Villa Arson EPIAR) in Nice, a program that excluded its women students from studying painting. Amer responded by using sewing and embroidery—skills that she had learned from her mother and grandmother—to insert a feminist vision into the male-dominated history of painting. A versatile artist, Amer continues to combine thread and paint on her canvases, as well as creating garden installations, and working three dimensionally in ceramic and metal. She also collaborates with artist Reza Farkondeh, creating mixed media works on paper and experimenting with video. Her work has been published and exhibited widely, including a 2008 solo show at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. She is also the first Arab artist to have a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum. She is represented by Cheim and Reid Gallery in New York, Tina Kim in Seoul, Korea, and Goodman Gallery in South Africa. Her work can be found in such important collections as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul.
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