b. Cairo, 1963
Amer studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Nice, the School of the Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques in Paris. She was a
1999 artist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a recipient of the
UNESCO fellowship, Venice Biennale. In 2004, she served on the master jury for the Aga Khan
Award for Architecture.
Amer is best known for her textile installations, sculptures and paintings which she intricately
embroiders with texts or images that speak to aspects women's sexuality, desire and happiness--often
in ways that subtly expose the contradictions inherent in religious and feminist forms of extremism.
The very act of stitching cloth reflects the artistsí play with popular understandings about
feminine work, gender stereotypes and empowerment. Amer's work has been shown in numerous solo
and group exhibitions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. She currently lives
and works in New York.
Encyclopedia of Pleasure
Canvas, gold thread on a cardboard frame