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"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1963 in Egypt. Lives and works in New York.

In 1992, Ghada Amer begins to embroider her paintings, based on images found in Egyptian magazines. With her sewing, traces replacing the drawing, she questions the stereotypes of female representation, the East/West relations. Amer paints her canvases in large sizes before embroider; she repeats the same patterns that are hidden or twisted by hanging threads. She represents erotic scenes, women alone or together. To liberate women from daily clichés is the heart of her work. "I chose the art of embroidery because it is by excellence a feminine activity," explains Amer. "My objective is to potentialize the images of women and liberate them from the slavery of the clichés by the force of sensuality. I think women should love their bodies and use them. Only by means of seduction, feminism can be potentialized."

 

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