Mohammed Kazem

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Mohammed Kazem (born 1969) is a contemporary Emirati artist working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He works primarily with video, sound art, photography, found objects and performance art.[1]

Kazem is one of the five conceptual Emirati artists whose work was recognized as a group in the 2002 exhibition “5 UAE” at the Ludwig Museum, Aachen.[2] The other artists in the group include the late Hassan Sharif, Hussain Sharif (brother of Hassan Sharif), Abdullah Al Saadi and Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim.

Early life and education[edit]

Kazem was born in 1969 and was the son of a taxicab

At age 14, Kazem decided to drop out from school and join the army. He found art as a mean to scape his reality and express himself as a teenager, he started to investigate his surrounding environment as a keen artist to explore new methods of art.


In 1984, he was formally introduced to his future mentor and friend, Hassan Sharif, founder of Dubai Art Atelier; the first dedicated centre for young artists, and a pioneer of conceptual art scene in the early 70s in the United Arab Emirates.[3][4]

In 1987, Kazem obtained a degree in painting from Emirates Fine Arts Society, and later joined the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he got his Masters in Fine Arts in 2012.[5]

Kazem is best recognized for his conceptual work Directions (2005-2013) and Autobiography (1997–present).[6]

Selected exhibitions[edit]


Kazem's work is housed in private and public collections including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mohammed Kazem | e-flux". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  2. ^ Writer, Martin Fullard, Guides (2015-04-22). "Top 5 art exhibits on display at the Salwa Zeidan Gallery". GulfNews. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  3. ^ "The sound of art with Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  4. ^ "In the studio with the Emirati artist Mohammed Kazem | The National". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  5. ^ "Kazem, Mohammed | ARTISTS | Cuadro". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  6. ^ "The UAE at the Venice Biennale". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  7. ^ "ArtAsiaPacific: You Are Here Mohammed Kazem". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  8. ^ "Emirati Expressions show opens in Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
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