Saturday, November 25, 2006

Ghada Amer | Egypt/France/USA

Ghada Amer
b.1963 - Present
Ghada Amer was born in Cairo and trained as an artist in France. She now lives in New York City. She has an international reputation and has participated in major shows around the world. In the early 1990s her installations and paintings began to address the position of women in relation to Islamic fundamentalism, but in so doing she inevitably raised questions about their position in the West. She is best known for canvases covered with lush fields of color and embroidered with line drawings of women engaged in lesbian or autoerotic sex. The images of women are usually repeated across the canvases, forming patterns that invoke both the repetition of mass cultural forms and traditional decorative arts in the East and West.

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