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Thank you for joining us in an exploration of Ghada Amer’s work through this blog. Once a month, we will feature a brief entry examining one or several of Ghada Amer’s artworks by established and emerging art critics and art lovers. Each entry will encourage us to push further our habitual ways of reading and of looking as it invites us to consider new ways of reading Ghada Amer’s multifaceted production.
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Happily ever after
Gardens
Aida Youssef

Once Upon a Happily Ever After

Ghada Amer’s garden installation titled Happily Ever After is a circle of rose bushes and jasmine flowers spelling out the notorious final three words of

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Love Park, 1999, SITE Sante Fe Third International Biennial, Installation View, Amer
Gardens
Farida Youssef

Love Park, a one-act play

Characters Participant A as Lover a Participant B as Lover b The scene takes place in Santa Fe’s Love Park, in 1999. There is a

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Barbie Trees
Collaboration
Aida Youssef

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Barbie Trees (2007) is a disenchanting fairy tale. It tells the story of how princesses become Barbie dolls and how princes are abandoned. In so

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Happily ever after
Gardens
Allison Connolly

Ecofelicity and the Gardens of Ghada Amer

Ecofelicity—happiness of the human individual, composed of organic food, a healthy blood oxygen level, regenerative sleep, lodging and ecological clothing, homeopathic medicine, nearby family and

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Women-s Qualities, 2000, From the exhibition Leaving the Island, Pusan International Contemporary Art Festival, South Korea, Pusan Metropolitan Art Museum
Gardens
Isabella Archer

Modern Millefleurs – Part II

The original installation of Ghada Amer’s Women’s Qualities gardens took shape in Pusan, South Korea, in 2000. At the Metropolitan Museum of Pusan, Ghada Amer

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Self Portrait in Black and White, 2020, Acrylic embroidery and gel medium on canvas - 127X121.92 cm - 50X48 in
Paintings
Aida Youssef

A Battle of Signs

Portraits of the Women that I Know is an ongoing series of portraits that Ghada Amer started in 2013 and that includes a self-portrait. Each

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Women's Qualities Kind
Gardens
Isabella Archer

Modern Millefleurs – Part I

Created in different renditions for different locations around the world, Ghada Amer’s series of Women’s Qualities gardens use plants and flowers to spell out words

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Ghada Amer, “Women’s Qualities,” 2021 jpg
Gardens
Farida Youssef

Ghada Amer in the Expanded Field

Words Redefining Sculpture Amer’s Desert X garden sculpture Women’s Qualities is made up of seven flowerbeds, arranged in a circle, each forming a different word.

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S’il pleuvait des larmes

Boris Vian

S’il pleuvait des larmes
Lorsque meurt un amour
S’il pleuvait des larmes
Lorsque des coeurs sont lourds

Sur la terre entière
Pendant quarante jours
Des larmes amères
Engloutiraient les tours

S’il pleuvait des larmes
Lorsque meurt un enfant
S’il pleuvait des larmes
Au rire des méchants

S’il pleuvait des larmes
En flots gris et glacés
Des larmes amères
Rouleraient le passé

S’il pleuvait des larmes
Quand on tue les coeurs purs
S’il pleuvait des larmes
Quand on crève sous les murs

Sur la terre entière
Il y aurait déluge
Des larmes amères
Des coupables et des juges

S’il pleuvait des larmes
Chaque fois que la mort
Brandissant les armes
Fait sauter les décors

Sur la terre entière
Il n’y aurait plus rien
Qu’les larmes amères
des deuils et du destin.