Goodman Gallery – Ghada Amer: My Body, My Choice

Ghada Amer, Elohim, 2022, Acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas, © The Artist, Image Courtesy of Goodman Gallery, London

4 May – 28 May, 2022

Opening: Wednesday, 4 May: 6-7:30PM

Goodman Gallery presents My Body, My Choice – Ghada Amer’s first solo show in London in twenty years. The exhibition brings together a new body of work, including Amer’s signature thread and canvas paintings as well as sculptures and a garden installation, never before realised in the UK.

Recognising that women are taught to model behaviours and traits shaped by others, and that art history and the history of painting in particular are shaped largely by expressions of masculinity, Amer’s work actively subverts these frameworks through aesthetics and content. Her practice explores the complicated nature of identity as it is developed through cultural and religious norms as well as personal longings and understandings of the self.
Amer’s work addresses the ambiguous, transitory nature of the paradox that arises when searching for concrete definitions of East and West, feminine and masculine, art and craft. Through her paintings, sculptures and public garden projects, the artist takes traditional notions of cultural identity, abstraction, and religious fundamentalism and turns them on their heads.

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