Ghada Amer (1963. Cairo, Egypt) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work primarily addresses the ambiguous and transitory nature of the paradox that arises when seeking 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 to invert them and advocate for an ethical positioning in keeping with our times.
Amer's work can be found in public collections around the world, including the Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk.VA; the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; the Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi; the Samsung Museum, Seoul, among others.
Between invitations to prestigious group exhibitions and biennials, such as the Whitney Biennial in 2000 and the Venice Biennials in 1999 (where she won the UNESCO prize) 2005 and 2007, she was offered a mid-career retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York in 2008. And a larger and more extensive one at three major museums in Marseille (France) in December 2022.
She lives and works in New York.