The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia has invited contemporary artist Ahmed Alsoudani to create new work using experimental materials and techniques. This internationally acclaimed Artist-in-Residence Program hosts emerging and established regional, national, and international artists who have a demonstrated commitment to innovation and exploration. To that end, The Fabric Workshop and Museum supports artistic experimentation in a wide range of mediums by providing honorariums and materials to artists, employing its facilities and staff to address their creative needs.
Ahmed Alsoudani was born in 1975 in Baghdad, Iraq and came to the United States after fleeing from his native country the mid-1990s. The artist is best known for his vividly colored and surreal acrylic and charcoal canvases, in which distorted, grotesque faces and body parts portray the horrors of war. This motif draws on the artist’s own experiences of devastation and violence, evoking a universal experience of conflict and human suffering.
Alsoudani received his MFA in Painting from Yale School of Art in 2008, and also holds a BFA from Maine College of Art. The artist’s work was notably featured in the Iraq Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. In 2012, Alsoudani received his first major institutional exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and in 2013, the Phoenix Museum of Art and the Portland Museum of Art presented Ahmed Alsoudani: Redacted, which was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Recent institutional group exhibitions include Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, at the Frist Art Museum and the Chrysler Museum of Art in 2018-2019 and Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2017. Forthcoming exhibitions include Bitter fruit at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and In Between at Palazzo Cipolla, Rome, Italy (both 2021). In 2009, Hatje Cantz Verlag published the artist’s first monograph.
Alsoudani’s work is included in several prominent collections across the world, including Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Phoenix Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Pinault Foundation, Paris. The artist lives and works in New York, New York.