Artist

Ibrahim Ahmed

Artist

Ibrahim Ahmed

Artist

Ibrahim Ahmed

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Ibrahim Ahmed

b. 1984, Kuwait City, Kuwait / Lives and works in Cairo and New York / Rutgers

Painting, Mixed-media, Sculpture

“I’ve realized that this idea of authenticity is a hoax. There is nothing that is authentic in regards to identity. . . It’s all exchanged, it’s all stolen, it’s all appropriated.”  -IA

Ibrahim Ahmed’s work layers patterns, textiles, and motifs from several different cultures and sources, notably inexpensive apparel fabrics imported by the bolt from Asia and commonly used by Egyptian women.  Born in Kuwait to Egyptian parents, raised in the United States, and now living in Egypt, Ibrahim Ahmed explores the multiple dimensions of identity in the era of globalization, and does so with a critical and probing attitude. These are issues of interest to many artists; for his part, Ibrahim pointedly challenges the idea of a fixed and cohesive cultural identity in the globalization era, and he does it through the prism of the hybrid visual and cultural content in his own Cairo backyard - in this instance, inexpensive women's dress fabric - converting conundrums of modernity into mural-like fields of opulent color and textural complexity.

Collections: Newark Public Library Special Collection NJ, Hudson County Community College Foundation Art Collection NJ, The Printmaking Center of New Jersey Collection NJ

Ibrahim Ahmed Beanie Ibrahim Ahmed Beanie
Ibrahim Ahmed

Ibrahim Ahmed Beanie

Design by Ibrahim Ahmed. Soft fabric outer shell made from quick-dry spun polyester.
Ibrahim Ahmed Long Pillow II Ibrahim Ahmed Long Pillow II
Ibrahim Ahmed

Ibrahim Ahmed Long Pillow II

Pillow by Ibrahim Ahmed • 20”x12” • Made of 100% pre-shrunk polyester • Moisture-repellent Teflon coating • Printed, cut and sewn in USA
Ibrahim Ahmed Long Pillow IV Ibrahim Ahmed Long Pillow IV
Ibrahim Ahmed

Ibrahim Ahmed Long Pillow IV

Design by Ibrahim Ahmed • 20”x12” • Made of 100% pre-shrunk polyester • Printed, cut and sewn in USA
Ibrahim Ahmed Scarf I
Ibrahim Ahmed

Ibrahim Ahmed Scarf I

Fabric-based composition by Ibrahim Ahmed, printed on polychiffon; finished by hand with a baby rolled-edge hem. 36 x 36" Edition 500. 
Ibrahim Ahmed Scarf II
Ibrahim Ahmed

Ibrahim Ahmed Scarf II

Fabric-based composition by Ibrahim Ahmed, printed on polychiffon; finished by hand with a baby rolled-edge hem. 36 x 36" Edition 500. 
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