Mohammed Kazem

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Mohammed Kazem’s artistic practice encompasses video, photography and performance. The foundations of his work are informed by his training as a musician, and Kazem is deeply engaged with developing processes that can render transient phenomena, such as sound and light, in tangible terms. Often positioning himself within his work, Kazem responds to geographical location, materiality and the elements as a means to assert his subjectivity, particularly in relation to the rapid pace of modernisation in the Emirates since the country’s founding. Kazem was a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society early in his career and is acknowledged as one of the ‘Five’, an informal group of Emirati artists – including Hassan Sharif and Abdullah Al Saadi – at the vanguard of conceptual and interdisciplinary art practice. He has participated in the Annual Exhibitions of the Emirates Fine Arts Society in Sharjah since 1986, as well as in numerous editions of Sharjah Biennial, receiving first prize for installations in 1999 and 2003, and co-curating the Biennial in 2007, He was the co-curator of The Flying House from 2007-2011 together with Cristiana de Marchi. In recent years, Kazem has participated in several group shows at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012), Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2013), Gwangju Museum of Art (2014), and at the New Museum, New York (2014) among others. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale three times: in 2009, 2013 and 2015. His works are held in the collections of the British Museum, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and New York, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Sharjah Art Foundation, Barjeel Art Foundation and Vehbi Koç Foundation, among others.

Mohammed Kazem was the co-curator of Abu Dhabi Art 2017 Beyond: Emerging Artists