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Following the last issue of Selections, Frequently Asked Questions in Art, we continue our quest to analyse what surrounds us in the art world. However, this time, for our 21 Artists and a Biennial issue, we take you backstage to expose you to the world of research in the 21st century. Because the most important part of our work is research, we analyse both the material we receive and what we find, basing ourselves on today’s most common search tools: online search engines, online encyclopaedia, social media, carefully written press releases, email exchanges with the artist’s gallery and the artist him/herself. After laying down the information we’ve gathered onto our pages, we invite you to make your own analysis.

Ghada Khunji, Portrait by Rabih Mwanes

Ghada Khunji, Portrait
by Rabih Mwanes

GHADA KHUNJI
B. 1967, Bahrain
Documentary photographer & artist

RECEIVED NUMEROUS
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS:
LUCIE DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR (2006)
AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE’S
IMAGE OF THE
YEAR AWARD (2007)
GOLDEN LIGHTS AWARD FOR TRAVEL (2006).

I am a Muslim.
But first and foremost, I am a human being.

A graduate of two of New York’s premier arts institutions, Parsons School of Design and the International Center of Photography’s documentary program.

Ghada Khunji, ‘FaRIDA V’, 2017, photomontage on fine art paper, 55.8 x 83.8 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Ghada Khunji,
‘FaRIDA III’, 2017,
photomontage on fine
art paper, 90x 68 cm.
Image courtesy the artist.


Ghada Khunji, ‘FaRIDA III’, 2017, photomontage on fine art paper, 90x 68 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Ghada Khunji,
‘FaRIDA III’, 2017,
photomontage on fine
art paper, 90x 68 cm.
Image courtesy the artist.

 

FARIDA is a series she’s
been working on in the
past few years inspired
by the late great Mexican
artist, Frida Kahlo. Medium
is photomontage

Ghada Khunji, ‘AlMitra’, 2018, Ed 1/7 - Photomontage on Fine Art rag paper 111.76 x 91.44. Image courtesy the artist.

ALMITRA WAS SPECIFICALLY CREATED
FOR THE SHOW KAHLIL GIBRAN, A GUIDE FOR OUR TIMES WHICH WAS EXHIBITED AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

Ghada Khunji,
‘AlMitra’, 2018, Ed 1/7
– Photomontage on
Fine Art rag paper
111.76 x 91.44. Image
courtesy the artist.

“History recycles, and the more
knowledge and experience we get
from others helps mold us into
who we become.”

Her works include:
The Dark Ages. a series that was inspired by religion. Medium, photomontage Nashalism is a dress she made for a show in Kuwait called Women in War in conjunction with the Red Cross

PROJECT MIGRATION IMAGES ARE COURTESY OF THE
ARTIST AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART/NGA IMAGES

Project Migration is a blend
of reality and unreality… it’s the start of a very recent endeavour where she takes portraits of migrant workers and then superimposes them onto royalty-free art.

Ghada Khunji, Maria, photo collage on canvas, 40 × 53 cm, 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

Ghada Khunji,
Maria, photo collage
on canvas, 40 × 53 cm,
2016. Image courtesy
the artist.


Ghada Khunji, That was then..., 2015. Photo montage on canvas with wood, lace and incense, 124.5 × 76.2 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Ghada
Khunji, That was
then…, 2015. Photo
montage on canvas
with wood, lace and
incense,
124.5 × 76.2 cm. Image
courtesy the artist.

 

 

“With death comes life and with birth comes rebirth…
On this year of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci, I believe that
nothing is more therapeutic than reinventing oneself. In Art, I believe.” Ghada Khunji, Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Word Whisperer
Ghada Ghunji, The Word Whisperer, detail. Image courtesy of the artist.

Ghada Ghunji, The
Word Whisperer,
detail. Image courtesy
of the artist.

I was inspired by Ibrahim Al Arrayed’s nostalgic study. Hanging there humbly on awooden coat rack is his bisht. I have created a unique piece of tapestry shadowing its design, and in particular the framed calligraphy of Ayat al Nur in the Koran that graces its wall. The bisht, a traditional cloak for men, is a symbol of prestige, almost reminiscent of a graduation gown, echoing knowledge gained. On a more personal level, it embodies the sense of the elder, the father who protects and looks over his home and family. This tapestry looms in the courtyard, reflecting the tiles below and the sun above, hanging gracefully between the past and the future with flowing words in between. Ibrahim Al Arrayed… watching over this beautiful melting pot of a nation, being Bahrain’s literary world wide web, translating and fusing cultures, sharing knowledge, understanding and civility to its best.

 

Khunji’s photographs are known for documenting both landscapes and people from all over the world and the inherent dignity of the human element.

FROM THE ARTIST’S DOCUMENTARY
PHOTOGRAPHY (ALL IMAGES ARE
COURTESY OF THE ARTIST)

VENICE BIENNALE – Ghada kHUNJI

Location: Arsenale Nord – Tesa 113, Venice

Ghada Ghunji, FARIDA VII, hanging at The Wait, the ultimate homage to her beloved mother who recently passed away. Photo by Gianmaria De Luca. ©DRAGO

Ghada Ghunji, FARIDA VII, hanging at The Wait, the ultimate homage to her beloved
mother who recently passed away. Photo by Gianmaria De Luca. ©DRAGO

FARIDA VII is hanging at The Wait, the ultimate homage to her beloved mother who recently passed away. 

Ghada Ghunji, Baba & Mami, six-meter-high sails that are presently erected at the Venice Biennale as part of The Wait, constructed of family-owned thobes and abayas. Photo by Gianmaria De Luca. ©DRAGO

Ghada Ghunji, Baba & Mami, six-meter-high sails that are presently erected at the Venice Biennale as part of The Wait, constructed of family-owned thobes and abayas. Photo by Gianmaria De Luca. ©DRAGO

Baba & Mami are six-meterhigh sails that are presently erected at the Venice Biennale as part of The Wait, constructed of familyowned thobes and abayas.

SELECTED SHOWS FOR THE ARTIST
2019 THE WAIT, SIX ARTISTS FROM THE KINGDOM OF
BAHRAIN, THE 58TH VENICE BIENNALE, VENICE, ITALY
2019 CONVERSE, ART FROM THE KINGDOM OF
BAHRAIN, ALBERTINA ACADEMY, TURIN, ITALY.
2019 45TH ANNUAL BAHRAIN FINE ART EXHIBITION,
THE RITZ CARLTON, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
2018 ART THEOREMA 2018, IMAGO MUNDI HIGHLIGHTS,
SUPPORTED BY THE BENETTON FOUNDATION & FABRICA,
IMAGO MUNDI MUSEUM- GALLERIE DELLE PRIGIONI, ITALY
2018 TRIBE PHOTO MAGAZINE’S CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY
FROM THE ARAB WORLD, GROUP SHOW AT THE
AMERICAN MUSEUM AT THE KATZEN ARTS
CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A.
2018 KAHLIL GIBRAN, A GUIDE FOR OUR
TIMES, GROUP EXHIBITION, SOTHEBY’S,
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
2017 – 2019 I AM, CARAVAN, GROUP
EXHIBITION, JORDAN, LONDON, U.S.A.
2017 WOMEN IN WAR, GROUP EXHIBITION,
THE HUB, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
2017 ABU DHABI ART, PRESENTED BY ALBAREH
ART GALLERY/BAHRAIN, ABU DHABI, UAE
2017 THE COLLECTION, GROUP EXHIBITION,
R GALLERY, JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA
2017 ABOLISH 153, GROUP EXHIBITION,
KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
2017 DO YOU TRUST ME?, GROUP EXHIBITION
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE GOETHE
INSTITUT, BIN MATAR HOUSE, KINGDOM
OF BAHRAIN
2017 ART BAHRAIN, GROUP EXHIBITION,
KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
2016 BAHRAIN’S 43TRD ANNUAL FINE
ARTS EXHIBITION, GROUP EXHIBITION,
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BAHRAIN,
KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
2016 15/15, 15 ARTISTS, 15 SITE
SPECIFIC ART WORKS, THE SHAIKH EBRAHIM
BIN MOHAMED AL KHALIFA CENTER,
HOUSE OF POETRY, KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, 21 Artists and a Biennial #49, pages 68 – 73.
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