Ibrahim Ahmed

Artist

Born in Kuwait (1984), Ibrahim Ahmed spent his childhood between Bahrain and Egypt before moving to the US at the age of thirteen. He now lives and works in Cairo. Working with both traditional and non-traditional media, he has developed a personal aesthetic that represents his journey as artist and migrant. His multidisciplinary works challenge the political lines that define borders and the so-called authenticity of “national identity.” Ahmed has shown his work internationally, including the Volta Art Fair in New York, Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, the Sharjah Art Museum, and the ArtRio Art Fair. In 2014, he was an artist-in-residence at artellewa Art Space in Giza, Egypt, before setting up his working studio in the Ard El Lewa neighborhood of Cairo.

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Born: Kuwait City, Kuwait 1984. Lived in Bahrain, United States, and currently in Egypt.

EDUCATION
BA in English Literature, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
• Burn What Needs to Be Burned, Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, Italy
• Along Those Lines, Gallery Nosco, Marseille , France

2016
• Something I Can Feel, Gallery Nosco / Volta Art Fair, NYC, NY
• Pressing Fallacies, Townhouse West, Cairo, Egypt

2014
• The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Artellewa Art Space, Ard El Lewa, Giza, Egypt

2010
• In the Shade of Light, Solo(s) Project House, Newark, NJ

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
• "The Construction of the possible" 13th Havana Biennial, Havana Cuba

2018
• "Stories from the Water's Edge" 4th International Biennial of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
• "The Red Hour" Biennale de Dakar 13th Edition, Dakar, Senegal
• Artissima, Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Torino, Italy
• 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Gallery Nosco, London, UK
• ArtVerona, Sara Zanin Gallery, Verona, Italy
• ZONAMACO, Gallery Nosco, Mexico City, Mexico

2017
• 'Universal Belonging' Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL
• 'MEDITERRANEAN FOCUS' Swab Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain

2016
• 'Architecture' Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
• ICONIC CITY: CAIRO NOW! CITY INCOMPLETE, Dubai Design District, Dubai, UAE
• Jameco Exchange, No Longer Empty, Queens, NY

2015
• 'Light' Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
• ArtRio Art Fair, Gallery Nosco, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
• On the Inner and Outer Self, Openings Collective, NYC, NY
• Beyond the Lines, artellewa, Zamalek, Egypt

2014
• Center for Contemporary Art, Juror Evonne Davis, Bedminster, NJ
• Process, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY
• Muscle Memory, Freeman Space, Brooklyn, NY

2013
• Windows@Walsh, Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
• Building Bridges, Fundación Rozenblum, Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Newark Art & Artists: Prints, Photographs & Works on Paper, Newark Public Library, Newark NJ
• Four by Four, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ
• EMO Show, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY

2012
• Center for Contemporary Art, Juror Edwin Ramoran, Bedminster, NJ
• Four by Four, Printmaking Center of NJ, Branchburg, NJ
• ArtReach XIX, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
• Solo(s) Project House at Fountain Art Fair, Armory Show, New York, NY

2011
• ArtReachXX, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
• The Newark School, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
• One-Two Punch, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

2010
• South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, 4th Annual Art Auction Benefit New York, NY
• Window Spaces, Atlantic Assets Pop Up Space, Brooklyn, NY
• Vessel, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ
• ArtReach XVII, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
• The Art of Politics, Columbia University, New York, NY

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2012
• Senior Muralist, “It’s Just a Little Rain (Mural #4)”, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

2011
• Exhibition Committee, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ

LECTURES & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2013
• Guest Speaker, Hudson County Community College Foundation (In conjunction with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities), Jersey City,

2011
• Artist Conversation: One-Two Punch, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
• Guest Speaker, Rutgers Future Scholars, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

2010
• Solo(s) Speaks: “In the Shade of Light,” Solo(s) Project House, Newark, NJ

2009
• Guest Speaker, Intro to Modern Art, Howard University, Washington D.C.

RESIDENCIES
2014
• Artist in Residence, Artellewa Art Space, Ard El Lewa, Giza, Egypt

2012
• Artist in Residence, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
• Collaborative Editions Project Residency, Printmaking Center of NJ, Branchburg, NJ

AWARDS & HONORS
2012
• 2nd Prize, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ

2011
• Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Nominee

COLLECTIONS
• Newark Public Library Special Collection NJ
• Hudson County Community College Foundation Art Collection NJ
• The Printmaking Center of New Jersey Collection NJ

PRESS

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2011/02/cwow_introduces_a_second_gener.html

http://www.brooklynrail.org/2016/02/artseen/letter-from-cairo-ibrahim-ahmed-pressing-fallacies

https://flaviamalusardi.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/hybrid-intersections-conversation-with-ibrahim-ahmed-iii/

http://www.okayafrica.com/culture-2/ibrahim-ahmed-cairo-art-story/

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/editors-picks-may-23-2016-502970