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Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim: Between Sunrise and Sunset / Works 1986-2022

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim
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Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (born 1962) is an Emirati artist and one of the pioneer "five" conceptual artists from the United Arab Emirates including Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussain Sharif and Mohammed Kazem. This collection of essays, together with over 30 artworks and installation views by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim contributes to the historical and theoretical discourse on art from the Emirates. It is a welcomed addition to an area of study that has long remained under-researched.

The seminal essays dedicated to the celebration of the long career of Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim undertake an analysis of his work and the context for his art practice over a period of four decades. The first part of the book provides an in-depth study of Ibrahim’s practice within the context of the UAE’s emerging art scene.The second part of the book provides detailed studies of Ibrahim’s relationship to artists, poets, writers, and various art groups and institutions in the UAE.

What comes to the forefront through these essays is that the cycle of life is central to the artistic expression of Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, as he draws inspiration from the recurring rhythms of nature. Co-Published with National Pavilion UAE on the occasion of Venice Biennale 2022.

Co-published by Kaph Books x National Pavilion UAE.

About the Artist

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (b. 1962, UAE) is part of the UAE’s first generation of contemporary artists from the late 1980s, an avant-garde scene that included Hassan Sharif, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussein Sharif, and Mohammed Kazem. Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim came of age as an artist in the UAE in an era in which the visual arts were still nascent as a recognized discipline. In 1986, when he met the late artist Hassan Sharif (a founding member of the influential Emirates Fine Art Society), Ibrahim was pulled out of his secluded practice and went on to carve out unshakable friendships and collaborations that have formed the foundation for the creative community that defines the UAE today. He received the first prize for sculpture at the Sharjah Biennial in 1999 and 2001 and has been a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society since 1986, founding Art Atelier at the Khor Fakkan Art Centre in 1997. He has participated in artist residencies at Trans Indian Ocean Artist Exchange, Kochi Murzi Biennale, India (2016); A.i.R Dubai (2015); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2009) and Kunstcentrum Sittard, the Netherlands (1994-1996, 1998-2000). His works have been acquired by significant international collections, including Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Art Jameel Collection, Dubai; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Kunstcentrum Sittard, Sittard; The British Museum, London; and Le Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Ibrahim works and lives in Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates.

About the Author

Maya Allison

Maya Allison is founding Executive Director of The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery and Chief Curator at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), a degree-granting research university in the liberal arts tradition. NYUAD shapes its scholarly and creative endeavors through an intercultural and multidisciplinary lens. The university has a deep commitment to support the work of UAE artists, and will launch an MFA program next year. Here, The NYUAD Art Gallery connects disciplines and integrates global and local dialogues in its exhibitions both in the main gallery, and the Project Space, as well as supporting emerging artists with the annual Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award. Allison’s curatorial specializations intersect two areas: artistic communities, and installation art. Her most recent project, Speculative Landscapes (NYUAD Art Gallery, 2019) gathered four rising UAE-based artists who work in immersive, experimental installation. Her curatorial projects that included book-length publications include Slavs and Tatars: Mirrors for Princes (Curator, JRP Ringier/NYUAD Art Gallery, 2015), Diana Al-Hadid: Phantom Limb (Curator, Skira / NYUAD Art Gallery, 2016), But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008 (Lead Curator, NYUAD Art Gallery, 2017), and Zimoun (Curator, NYUAD Art Gallery, 2019). Outside the university, she has guest-curated a number of projects in the UAE, including Artists and the Cultural Foundation: The Early Years (Lead Curator, with book publication, Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi, 2018), a 30-year survey of 18 UAE artists.

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
English or Arabic
Hardcover + jacket poster
20,5 x 28,5 cm
Number of Pages:
Kaph Books

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