Ghada Amer


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Ghada Amer included in new Phaidon book

Amer is included in Phaidon’s latest arts publication, Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramics in Contemporary Art. The book is a global survey of 100 of today’s most important artists working in ceramic and clay, a medium that has seen a resurgence in recent years. Amer’s ceramic works can be considered in two categories. The first, her slab-based works, use a flat surface of clay as a canvas on which to depict sexual scenes that echo those found in her drawings, prints and paintings. Female figures are rendered in colourful outlines over painterly patches of coloured glaze. In contrast, the second category sees more sculptural, tactile objects taking form, as if the artist has prodded, stretched, folded or knotted lumps of clay.

Ghada Amer honoured with Smithsonian African Art Award

Ghada Amer is one of two artists honoured at the second annual African Art Awards Dinner hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (27 October). According to Christine Mullen Kreamer, acting director of the museum, “[the Smithsonian is] delighted to recognise the outstanding achievements of Ghada Amer… whose beautifully realised and compelling works of art recognize the potency of women to confront globally relevant issues of gender, identity, inequality, access, privilege and power”.

Various artists on inaugural group show at Zeitz MOCAA

Nine Goodman Gallery artists – Ghada Amer, Hasan and Husain Essop, Kendell Geers, Samson Kambalu, William Kentridge, Liza Lou, Misheck Masamvu, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Hank Willis Thomas – are included on the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) inaugural exhibition,_ All things being equal…_, in Cape Town (22 September – 19 February). The launch of Zeitz MOCAA marks the opening of the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art. This show is the first in the museum’s initiative to host international exhibitions, while developing educational and enrichment programmes, encouraging intercultural understanding and facilitating access for all.

Ghada Amer on exhibition at IVAM in Spain

Work by Amer, alongside some of her contemporaries including Mona Hatoum and Rula Halawani, features on the group exhibition, In Rebellion. Female Narratives in the Arab World, at the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern in Spain (14 September – 28 January). The exhibition explores the realities of the Arab world since the 1990s, seen through the different perspectives of female artists. In showcasing artworks by key feminist artists, in juxtaposition with works by their male contemporaries reflecting on the construction of femininity, the exhibition shows the political capacity of women as social agents for transformation.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Ghada Amer, Reza Farkhondeh & Collaborative Work / No Romance

    Group exhibitions

    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.

    In Context / The Star / Johannesburg / South Africa / 20 May 2010

    A nose and a box to draw art lovers by Ufrieda Ho (3.3 MB)