Mohammed Kazem

Mohammed 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. In 2012, Kazem studied his Masters in Fine Art at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has participated in the Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society in Sharjah since 1986 until recently, as well as numerous editions of Sharjah Biennial, obtaining first prize for installation in 1999 and 2003. In 2007, he was invited to co-curate the Sharjah Biennial. In recent years, Kazem has participated in group shows at the Mori Art Museum, Japan (2012); Boghossian Foundation, Belgium (2013); the Gwangju Museum of Art (2014); and the 2014 edition of Fotofest in Houston. At the Venice Biennale he exhibited first in 2009 as part of a group exhibition curated by Catherine David, and again in 2013 when he represented the country with an immersive video installation entitled Walking on Water, curated by Reem Fadda. His works are held in the collections of, amongst others, the British Museum, London; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.