Portrait d'une femme révolutionnaire [Portrait of a revolutionary woman]

Ghada Amer
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Portrait d'une femme révolutionnaire, 2023
UV print on fabric
Signed and dated at the bottom
20 1/2 x 16 7/8 in

Edition of 30 + 4 AP + 1 HC

Born in 1963 in Cairo (Egypt), Ghada Amer moved to Nice with her parents in 1974. Her youth and the start of her artistic career were marked by socio-political changes and the rise of radical ideological discourse in her native country, as well as by the sexism she encountered in the French art world. It was a defining moment in her life when she was refused entry to painting classes at the Villa Arson on the pretext that figurative painting was outdated and that a woman artist's chances of success were slim. This injustice, which made her aware of the exclusion of women in the history of art, and her discovery, during an exchange at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), of committed contemporary women artists such as Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, were to have an influence on her practice and her personal commitment.

Through her paintings, sculptures, photographs, installation projects and garden designs, and using media as varied as embroidery, ceramics, painting, and bronze, Ghada Amer challenges and questions traditional notions of cultural identity, the feminine and the masculine and the relationships of domination they imply, as well as religious fundamentalism. Her polymorphous work celebrates the figure of the woman and, through her erotic representations, rejects the laws and practices designed to control women's attitudes to their own bodies.

The ceramic work Portrait of the Revolutionary Woman (2017) is a representation of a woman in profile with a determined gaze and a warlike air, whose coarse features are reminiscent of woollen threads. The print of the same name, dating from 2023, transposes this portrait onto one of the artist's favourite media, fabric, and refers to a practice that is culturally considered 'feminine', embroidery, to explore the construction of the role of women, sexuality, and love in contemporary societies.

Ghada Amer's work is included in numerous collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago (United States), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), the Fond national d'art contemporain (Paris, France), the LaM (Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France), the Barjeel Foundation (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) and the Brooklyn Museum (New York, United States).

Ghada Amer is represented by Marianne Boesky and Tina Kim Gallery (United States), Kewenig Gallery (Europe) and Marian Goodman Gallery (Europe, Africa).

Type of work
work on paper
52 x 43 cm
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