Painter, illustrator, sculptor, and performance and installation artist Ghada Amer (Egyptian, b.1963) was born in Cairo. When she was 11 years old, her family moved to France, where Amer attended school in Paris and Nice. In 1989, she received an MFA from the École nationale supérieure d'art in Nice, and began exhibiting her works in the 1990s. A central theme in her work is the equality of women and female sexuality. By using embroidery on pornographic images, for example, Amer attempts to undermine the typical use of such images by alluding to female pleasure.

Amer's work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, at the Venice Biennale, the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, at the Johannesburg Biennial, and the Istanbul Biennale.

Amer lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1963
Born in Cairo, Egypt
1989
MFA in Painting, Villa Arson EPIAR, Nice, France
1991
Institut des Hautes Etudes en Art Plastique, Paris, France
1997
Received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant
1999
Received the UNESCO award at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Référence à Elle, Kukje Gallery, Seoul Korea (solo)
2013
4.Biennial of Thessaloniki, Greece. Chief Curator, Adelina von Furstenberg
2013
Sculptures, Villa Datris, Fondation Pour La Sculpture Contemporaine– L’Isle sur la Sorgue, France
2013
Earth Matters, National Museum for African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
2012
Prism – Drawing from 1990-2011, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
2012
Le Corps Découvert, Institut du monde arabe, Paris, France
2012
The Mediterranean Approach, SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil
2012
Ghada Amer, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada (solo)
2012
Tea For Nefertiti, Arab Museum of Doha, Doha, Qatar, UAE. Travelled to: Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
2011
100 Words of Love, Cheim & Read, New York, USA (solo)
2011
No Romance, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (solo)
2011
The Women in Our Life: A Fifteen-Year, Anniversary Exhibition, Cheim & Read, New York, USA
2011
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
2010
Residua, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE
2010
Told, Untold, Retold, The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, UAE
2010
Color Misbehavior, Cheim & Read, New York, USA (solo)
2010
elles@centrepompidou, artistes femmes dans les collections du Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France
2009
Ghada Amer, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2009
Against exclusion, 3rd Moscow Biennial, Garage Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow
2009
Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh: Roses Off Limits, Pace Prints, New York, USA (solo)
2009
Failing Shahrazad, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2008
Ghada Amer: Love has no end, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY (solo)
2008
Ghada Amer/Reza Farkhondeh: collaborative drawings, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2008
Ghada Amer /Reza Farkhondeh: a new Collaboration on paper Singapore Tyler Institute, Singapore (solo)
2007
Ghada Amer/Reza Farkhondeh:collaborative drawings, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
2007
Ghada Amer: another spring, Kukje gallery, Korea (solo)
2007
Le Salon Courbé, Francesca Minini, Milan, Italy (solo)
2007
An Indigestible Dessert, A video in collaboration with Reza Farkhondeh, Francesca Minini Gallery, Milan Italy (solo)
2007
Ghada Amer (curated by D. Eccher), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy (solo)
2007
La Biennale di Venizia 52nd, Checklist, Luanda Pop (curated by Fernando Alvim (Angola, Simon Njami (Cameroon), African Pavillion, Arsenale, Venice, Italy
2007
Global Feminisims, (curated by Maura Reilly and Linda Nochlin), Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
2006
Word into Art, British Museum, London, England
2006
Zones of Contact, Biennial of Sydney, Sidney, Australia
2006
Ghada Amer: Paintings & RFGA Drawings (curated by J. Poodt), The Stedlijk Museum 'S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (solo)
2006
Ghada Amer: Breathe into me, Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2006
Without Boundary, Seventeen Ways of Looking, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2005
The Reign of Terror, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA (solo)
2005
Always a Little Further (curated by Rosa Martinez), 51st International Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
2004
Hommage à Georges Pompidou: Parcours dans les Collections du Musée d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, France
2004
Le Opere e i Giorni, La Vanitas, (curated by A. Bonito Oliva), Certosa di Sab Lorenzo, Padula, Italy
2004
Ghada Amer, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
2004
Ghada Amer, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy (solo)
2004
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (solo)
2004
Africa Remix, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2003
Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora, Museum of African Art, Long Island City, NY
2002
Ghada Amer, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
2002
Ghada Amer, Gagosian Gallery, London, England (solo
2001
The Short Century, (curated by Okwri Enwezor) Museum Village Stuck, Munich, Germany; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY
2001
Encyclopedia of Pleasure, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
2000
Leaving the Island, Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival 2000, Metropolitan Art Museum, Pusan, South Korea
2000
Kwangju Biennial, South Korea
2000
Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
2000
Friends & Neighbors, EV+A 2000, (curated by Rosa Martinez), Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland
2000
Ghada Amer (curated by A.J. Laferrière), Centre Culturel Contemporain (C.C.C.), Tours, France (solo)
2000
Intimate Confessions, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (solo)
2000
Whitney Biennial, New York, NY
2000
Ghada Amer Drawings, Anadil Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel (solo)
2000
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany (solo)
1999
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1999
Looking for a Place, Third International Site Santa Fe Biennial, (curated by Rosa Martínez) , Santa Fe, NM

Public Collections

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
LaM Museum, Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne, d’Art Contemporain et d’Art Brut
Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany
Neuberger Berman Art Collection, New York, USA
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea
Speed Art Museum, Louisville
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, UK
Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, USA
Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC) Paris, France
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Auvergne, France
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA

Literature

2013
Martinez, Rosa and Fadda, Reem: Ghada Amer “Référence à Elle”, Kukje Gallery, Korea
2013
Herman, Nick: Sculptures, Villa Datris – Fondation Pour La Sculpture Contemporaine, France
2012
Schwartz, Jamie; Lewis, Jacob. The Other I. Tina Kim Gallery
2012
St. Gelais, Therese, Ghada Amer, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
2011
Rubin, Nathan, No Romance: Ghada Amer | Reza Farkhondeh & Collaborative Work, Goodman Gallery,Johannesburg, South Africa
2010
Antle, Martine. The Gardens Next Door. Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal
2010
Reilley, Maura. «Ghada Amer.» Gregory R. Miller & Co, New York
2009
Katz, Vincent. The Natural World, the Political Context: Collaborative Monoprints by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh. Pace Prints, New York
2008
Farrell, Laurie Ann. Ghada Amer & Reza Farkhondeh: Collaborative Drawings. Seoul: Kukje Gallery
2008
Antle, Martine. Ghada Amer/Reza Farkhondeh: A New Collaboration on Paper. Singapore: STPI
2007
Celant, Germano ; Eccher, Danilo ; Macri, Teresa ; Janus, Elizabeth. Ghada Amer. MACRO, Roma
2006
Ghada Amer. New York: Gagosian Gallery. (text by Maria Elena Buszek and Christophe Kihm)
2006
Maria Elena Buszek and Christophe Kihm. Ghada Amer. New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2006
Daftari, Fereshteh. Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2006
2004
Farrell, Laurie Ann. Ghada Amer. Seoul: Kukje Gallery
2004
Homes, A.M. Ghada Amer. New York: Gagosian Gallery
2004
Martínez, Rosa, and Lundström, Jan-Erik, and Millet, Teresa. Ghada Amer. Valencia: Institut Valencià
2003
Amer, Sahar, and Olu Oguibe. Ghada Amer. Amsterdam: De Appel
2003
Freiman, Lisa D. Ghada Amer. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Museum of Art
2003
Haglund, Elisabet, and Maleström, Tamara. Sites of Recurrence: a Workshop in Contemporary Art
2003
Chennai: Madras Craft Foundation, India.(Text by Wendt, Selene)
2003
Martinez, Rosa. Ghada Amer. Lisbon : Galeria Filomena Soares
2002
Grosenick, Uta. Art Now. Cologne: Taschen