Mohammed KazemCollecting Light April 7, 2019
Cadoro-Zentrum fur Kunst und Wissenschaft, Mainz, Germany
6 April - 19 June 2019
Since 1990, Kazem has created visual representations of intangible phenomena, such as sound and light, using a technique that he calls ‘Scratching’– vigorously scratching the surface of a piece of paper with scissors. He uses this technique to describe sounds in an abstract visual language, where lines and dots punctuate his works. His new solo exhibition furthers his Scratches series in an attempt to capture the 'sound of shapes' or the 'sound of keyboards'.
MOHAMMED KAZEMM Woods x The Dubai Mall April 7, 2019
Pavilion 2, Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall
Curated by Michael Xufu Huang
Until 30 April 2019
As part of a partnered multi-platformed exhibition with M WOODS Museum, Beijing and Dubai Mall, Michael Xufu Huang has curated a two-person show with Mohammed Kazem and Chinese minimalist Richard Lin. On display is Mohammed Kazem’s signature minimal work, Sound of Angles, 2014 from his Scratches series as well as Measuring, 2015, a sculpture of a white cube highlighting the length of lines crossing the sides and angles of the cube at different positions. In doing so, Kazem finds new ways to apprehend his environment and experiences in which establish a dialogue with Chinese minimalist Richard Lin highlighting both artists' focus on the abstracted concepts behind their inherent aesthetics and artistic beliefs.
Mohammed KazemThe Illusion of Summer January 7, 2019
Dorothy W. & C. Lawson Reed, Jr. Gallery | University of Cincinnati
17 January - 10 March 2019
Preview: Thursday, 17 January 5 - 7 pm
We are pleased to share that Mohammed Kazem will have a two person exhibition alongside Cristiana de Marchi entitled The Illusion of Summer at Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Reed Gallery (DAAP) at The University of Cincinnati. The exhibition will feature works produced during the course of his concurrent artist residency from November 2018 - January 2019 through which Kazem and de Marchi are by invitation of Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Joseph Girandola in order to interact with University students and the city to produce work informed by their practice and in response to their experiences and exposures while visiting the US and Cincinnati.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifThe Monochrome Revisited October 23, 2018
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation, Dubai
23 October 2018 - 28 February 2019
Including works by Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif, The Monochrome Revisited explores the history and evolution of the monochrome, a provocative and innovative art form that invites introspection as it challenges perception. The exhibition begins by inviting audiences to question the origin of the monochrome - the ‘first’ documented monochromes can be found in publications as early as the seventeenth century. Ultimately, this survey of works investigates how contemporary artists today still engage with the art form to address contemporary issues, demonstrating the vitally important role the monochrome continues to play.
Abu Dhabi ArtOctober 9, 2018
Booth: Focus, A24
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
14 - 17 November
Preview: 13 November
We are pleased to participate at this year’s 10th-anniversary edition of Abu Dhabi Art, with a presentation surrounding the conceptual practice of Mohammed Kazem, highlighting recent works in tandem with key photo documentation of his performances since the 1990s.
VIKRAM DIVECHA AND MOHAMMED KAZEMUncommon Dubai + June 10, 2018
Edited by Sharmeen Inayat
Published in April 2018
Vikram Divecha and Mohammed Kazem contribute to Uncommon Dubai +, a publication that offers a sliver of quotidian and artistic reflections on spaces of change and exchange, imbued with meaning and memory for individuals, communities and diasporas that enrich the city and its neighbouring emirates. Against the backdrop of the morphing coastline and the alluring locus of the creek, explore memoirs, investigations and poetic landscapes of the mind that are meant to engage with the contrasts of the city and offer collective aspirations for its past, present and possible futures.
ART BRUSSELS 2018April 3, 2018
Tour & Taxis, Brussels
19 - 22 April
We are pleased to participate in the 50th edition of Art Brussels with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem as well as collaborative and individual works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifFrom Barcelona to Abu Dhabi March 4, 2018
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Ferran Barenblit and Nasser Abdullah
Until 17 March
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif participate in From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in dialogue with the Emirates. The exhibition, which is part of the Abu Dhabi Festival and held in partnership with Manarat Al Saadiyat, showcases highlights from the MACBA collection in dialogue with artworks by 20 Emirati artists from ADMAF's collection and borrowed from private collectors.
MOHAMMED KAZEMHajj: Memories of a Journey August 30, 2017
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
Until 19 March 2018
Mohammed Kazem presents works from his ongoing Space and Direction series in Hajj: Memories of a Journey that documents the legacy of the arduous and challenging routes that pilgrims travelled across continents, through the show's largest section dedicated to Journeys. Organised by Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre in collaboration with TCA Abu Dhabi, this exhibition coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Grand Mosque's opening.
MOHAMMED KAZEMJerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds) August 1, 2017
The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit
Curated by Reem Fadda, Fawz Kabra and Yara Abbas
Until 15 December
Mohammed Kazem participates in Jerusalem Lives, a group exhibition that attempts to study and examine the city of Jerusalem as a case study, a microcosm or condensed laboratory that metaphorically represents globalisation and its failures, and to find answers that inspire us to struggle for a better future.
ART DUBAI 2017March 15, 2017
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
15 - 18 March
We are pleased to participate in the 11th edition of Art Dubai with works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem, Abdelkader Benchamma, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFIs Old Gold? February 12, 2017
DUCTAC, The Gallery of Light, Dubai
Curated by Cristiana de Marchi and Muhannad Ali
21 February - 7 April
Predicated on curious desire to locate the spirit of experimentation that was present in the genesis of UAE avant-garde contemporary art practice, Is Old Gold? indirectly questions if, how and why this narrative has been aborted, lost or evolved and if it can or should be recovered in the current context. In a comparative experiment that takes the form of a fictional narrative, two artists from the contemporary 'younger' generation of Emirati artists were assigned to work separately on a 'character' from the '5 UAE'. The experimental, productive structure of the exhibition reflects on the atelier atmosphere of innovative exchange initiated by Hassan Sharif and transmuted and sustained by four of his students - Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Mohammed Kazem, Abdullah Al Saadi and Hussain Sharif.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFBut We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Underground, 1988 - 2008 February 12, 2017
NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
Curated by Maya Allison and Bana Kattan
2 March - 25 May
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem participate in But We Cannot See Them, an exhibition that surveys one of the most important artistic communities in the UAE's history with works by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim, Abdullah Al Saadi, Hussein Sharif, Vivek Vilasini, Jos Clevers and Ebtisam Abdulaziz. Community has played a key role in every modern art historical breakthrough, with artists banding together around manifestos, or turning to one another for support when art institutions rejected their innovations. Art communities grow out of critical and creative exchange among peers and mentors. This exhibition focuses on one community of artists, sometimes called "the five", at an intersection of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers based in the UAE. Its members identified with a "new culture" of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Eventually, some of these artists founded the celebrated Flying House.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFTHE CREATIVE ACT: PERFORMANCE, PROCESS, PRESENCE February 12, 2017
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Curated by Valerie Hillings, Sasha Kalter-Wasserman, Sarah Dwider and Maisa Al Qassimi
Beginning 8 March
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection's second exhibition brings together artists of different nationalities and generations who have emphasised performance, process, and human presence in their practice, offering a transcultural perspective on these defining aspects of contemporary art. Among several early performances by Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem's Directions 2002, the exhibition will feature more than 25 works in a variety of media - installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video and works on paper, representing more than 18 artists.
MOHAMMED KAZEMResiduals and the Anthology of Narcissism January 2, 2017
Mandalay Hall, Kochi
Curated by Mo Reda
Unil 25 March
Mohammed Kazem's Pepper House residency culminated in a group exhibition Residuals and the Anthology of Narcissism, where he presents new works from his Direction series alongside works by Emirati artist Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim. Running in parallel with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the exhibition is supported by the Kochi Biennale Foundation and Maraya Art Centre, and is part of the Trans-Indian Ocean Artist Exchange that aims to facilitate and stimulate artistic exchange between the different regions of the Trans-Indian Ocean.
MOHAMMED KAZEMHonolulu Biennial Foundation Residency January 2, 2017
Shangri La Centre for Islamic Arts and Cultures, Honolulu
9 - 22 January
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem's residency at Shangri La Centre for Islamic Arts and Cultures, as part of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial. At the end of the residency, Kazem will preview his work during the museum's Night Shift programme - an event that is part of Shangri La's on going experimental #OpenShangriLa series. Built in 1937, Shangri La supports several artists and scholar residencies each year. Previous residencies include visual artists Shahzia Sikander, Walid Raad and Afruz Amighi, among others.
MOHAMMED KAZEMArtist in Residence October 6, 2016
Pepper House, Kochi
Curated by Mo Reda
9 October - 6 November
In collaboration with Maraya Art Centre, the Kochi Biennale Foundation has invited Mohammed Kazem for a one-month residency, which will culminate in an exhibition at the Mandalay Hall during the Kochi-Muziris Biennale this December.
The Pepper House Residency programme is an international residency opportunity for artists from all disciplines to work and collaborate within a studio space situated at the Pepper House, Fort Kochi. The space of the Pepper House Residency consists of extensive studio facilities (for production), the Laboratory of Visual Arts library (for research), and the Pepper House cafe (for dialogue). The residency is structured on the idea of a three-dimensional approach to creativity in which the idea of artistic practice is supported by its two necessary extensions - public interaction and inquiry.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan SharifYinchuan Biennale September 8, 2016
For an Image, Faster Than Light
Curated by Bose Krishnamachari
9 September - 18 December
We are pleased to announce Hassan Sharif and Mohammed Kazem's participation in the inaugural edition of Yinchuan Biennale, which will witness more than 80 international artists representing all facets of the global spectrum and from all parts (east-west, north-south) working on contemporary issues that the world has to contend with. The exhibition will be held on the premises of MOCA Yinchuan and will include an engaging display of artworks both inside and outside the museum.
Following a 2-week long artist residency at the MOCA Yinchuan, Kazem will create two site-specific installtions, entitled Directions (Standing on Water) and Directions Yinchuan.
Mohammed KazemArtist in Residence May 12, 2016
Seoul Art Space, Geumcheon
12 May - 23 June
Mohammed Kazem will take part in a six-week residency at Seoul Art Space in collaboration with Maraya Art Centre, during which Kazem will also participate in Geumcheon's Open Studios exhibitions.
Seoul Art Space is a creative space dedicated to visual art, remodeled in October 2009 from an old print works located in Doksan-dong. It provides the local community with an opportunity to enjoy culture through its various programmes. 130 visual artists (or teams) from 24 countries have moved in since it opened. Its programme includes exhibitions, workshops shared with with students and residents, and open studios. Maraya Art Centre's residency programme is designed to support emerging and mid-career contemporary UAE artists and designers. Working with institutions internationally, Maraya sends UAE-based artists overseas and hosts up to three residents per year.
Mohammed KazemHonolulu Biennial April 24, 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Curated by Fumio Nanjo
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem's participation in the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, which will be curated by Mori Art Museum's Fumio Nanjo and opens in Spring 2017.
The Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) supports the local arts infrastructure with a global outreach and launches the Honolulu Biennial next year, which marks Hawaii's first entry into the international biennial circuit. The first edition of the Honolulu Biennial will focus on art from the Pacific, the Asian continent and the Americas. Throughout the year, HBF serves the local community by presenting educational outreach programs with an emphasis on programming for Hawaii's youth, focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), as well as exhibitions for the local arts community.
ROKNI HAERIZADEH AND MOHAMMED KAZEMBut a Storm is Blowing from Paradise April 21, 2016
Guggenheim, New York, USA
Curated by Sara Raza
29 April - 5 October
But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise is the third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and borrows its title from the 24 recently-acquired drawings by Haerizadeh. The exhibition illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region's diaspora by presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim's permanent collection. Kazem will participate with a large scroll work, entitled Scratches on Paper, which was also part of the 12th Sharjah Biennial. Following its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to Istanbul's Pera Museum in 2017.
MOHAMMED KAZEM AND HASSAN SHARIFPortrait of a Nation April 11, 2016
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
11 April - 10 May
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif participate in Portrait of a Nation, a group exhibition celebrating the 20 years of Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and featuring works by 50 Emirati artists. Divided in seven different thematic areas, the works explore topics of Nation and Unity, Geography and Nature, Architecture and Urbanism, Portraiture and Identity, Religion and Spirituality, Language and Calligraphy, and Tradition and Heritage. The exhibition captures the ever-changing face of the visual arts in the United Arab Emirates through a work from Sharif's Objects, which are sculptural assemblages constructed from mass-produced materials and created via random and arbitrary rules, and Kazem's performative work Photographs with a Flag, in which the artist stands next to small flags that neither represent countries, corporations or institutions, but are merely pieces of cloth in different colours, set into a space of ground in Dubai's Al Mamzar area.
ART DUBAI 2016March 16, 2016
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
16 - 19 March
We are pleased to participate in the 10th edition of Art Dubai with works by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, Hesam Rahmanian, Hassan Sharif, Haleh Redjaian, Mohammed Kazem and Xu Qu.
MOHAMMED KAZEMMy Neighbours March 14, 2016
Main Entrance, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE
Until 6 July
As part of Alserkal Avenue's Programming for Art Week 2016, Mohammed Kazem presents a site-specific installation My Neighbours, which consists of images from his 2006 photograph series of the same name. These photographs were taken over the course of several days looking outside from the artist's window in Al Quoz. A clothesline hangs at the bottom of each image, his neighbour's clothes hung out to dry, changing with every passing day. The only constant among the photos is a wide expanse of clear blue sky. In a city like Dubai, with very little public spaces, the sky holds out the promise of a shared space, a common that encompasses us all.
Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif1980-Today: Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates February 13, 2016
The Flying Saucer, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah UAE
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi
Until 14 May
As presented at the National Pavilion of the UAE in the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, 1980-Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates is now on view in Sharjah and looks at the history of exhibition making in the United Arab Emirates over the last 40 years. The emergence of art practices in the UAE is presented here through a selection of over 100 works by 15 Emirati artists.
The exhibition is built upon extensive research involving archives of newspaper articles, artists' writings, and catalogues, as well as interviews with artists and cultural practitioners. Reflecting personal and geopolitical trajectories, the research focused on the underexposed historical record and evolving practices of some of the UAE's most important modernist and contemporary artists.
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed KazemDo It [In Arabic] January 23, 2016
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Until 23 March
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif's participation in Do It [In Arabic], in which more than 60 participating artists will create written instructions that will allow anyone to make a new work of art. The exhibition is a new iteration of Hans Ulrich Obrist's project, which began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist, photographer Christian Boltanski and artist Bertrand Lavier.
Hassan Sharif and Mohammed KazemIn Search of Lost Time January 21, 2016
Brunei Gallery, London, UK
Curated by Amal Khalaf, Abdel Al Kadiri and Abdulnasser Gharem
Until 19 March
We are pleased to announce Mohammed Kazem and Hassan Sharif's participation in In Search of Lost Time. The exhibition, commissioned by The British Council in association with Brunei Gallery, presents works that explore the complex relationship between image, speed and time in the Gulf. In doing so, the exhibition aims to provoke a discussion about the role of art and culture in the region through the works of Rajaa Khalid, Jafar Islah, Sami Mohammed, Ahmed Mater, Abdallah Al Saadi, Ajlan Gharem, Camille Zakharia, Kazem, Sharif, Sophia Al Maria, Monira Al Qadiri, Lantian Xie, Mohammed Sharaf and Shaweesh.
ABU DHABI ARTNovember 18, 2015
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
18 - 21 November 2015
We are pleased to participate in the seventh edition of Abu Dhabi Art with new works by Hassan Sharif, Mohammed Kazem and Rokni Haerizadeh. Additionally, a large-scale copper sculpture by Sharif will be featured in the Beyond section, curated by Fabrice Bousteau, which aims to bring art to the public arena under the theme of Bliss.