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Mohammed Sami
Mohammed Sami
Infection II, 2021
Mixed media on linen
82 5/8 x 71 1/8 inches
(210 x 180.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Infection II, 2021
Mixed media on linen
82 5/8 x 71 1/8 inches
(210 x 180.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami’s poignant and evocative paintings are an exploration of memory, and its vulnerability to time. Absent of people, the settings and quotidian objects in his works are nevertheless permeated with the trace of human presence; while evidence of turmoil or trauma is never directly referenced, obscure and haunting narratives are conveyed. Sami mines personal experiences from his formative years in Iraq to ground his work, but by embracing ambiguity, he creates a sense of universal familiarity. Negotiating the past through painting, he harnesses the metaphorical potential of different mark-making techniques to interrupt a straightforward narrative reading. Blurred objects often appear as if they are coming apart or moving across the canvas itself, suggesting gaps or slippage of memory. Sami’s compositions unfurl as cryptic vignettes of fragmented scenes, excavated from the past.

Sami was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1984, and he currently lives and works in London, UK. He studied drawing and painting at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, graduating in 2004-05. Subsequently, he worked at the Ministry of Culture in Baghdad, before being granted asylum in Sweden in 2007, where he lived for almost a decade. In 2015, Sami left his adopted country to pursue a degree at Ulster University-Belfast School of Art, Northern Ireland, which was followed by a Masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College, London, completed in 2018. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Mixing It Up: Painting Today at Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2021); Stilla liv (Still life), Gallery Magnus Karlsson, Gotland, Sweden (2021); The Sea is the Limit, York Art Gallery, UK and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Doha, Qatar (2018-19); as well as The Culture Night of Norrköping City, Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden (2011). Sami’s work is in the permanent collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Arts Council Collection, London, UK; The Government Art Collection, London, UK; York Art Gallery, York, UK; and the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Baghdad, Iraq. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Modern Art, London, UK, and group shows, The London Open 2022 at Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, as well as STILL ALIVE, Aichi Triennale, Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, Japan.

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Mohammed Sami
Skin VI, 2021
Acrylic on linen
98 3/8 x 131 7/8 inches
(250 x 335 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Skin VI, 2021
Acrylic on linen
98 3/8 x 131 7/8 inches
(250 x 335 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Mars II, 2021
Acrylic on linen
90 1/2 x 104 3/8 inches
(230 x 265 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Mars II, 2021
Acrylic on linen
90 1/2 x 104 3/8 inches
(230 x 265 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Infection II, 2021
Mixed media on linen
82 5/8 x 71 1/8 inches
(210 x 180.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Infection II, 2021
Mixed media on linen
82 5/8 x 71 1/8 inches
(210 x 180.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Refugee Camp, 2020
Acrylic on linen
66 1/2 x 77 3/4 inches
(169 x 197.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Refugee Camp, 2020
Acrylic on linen
66 1/2 x 77 3/4 inches
(169 x 197.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Still Alive, 2020
Acrylic on linen
27 1/2 x 33 1/4 inches
(70 x 84.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Still Alive, 2020
Acrylic on linen
27 1/2 x 33 1/4 inches
(70 x 84.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Father Figure ll, 2020
Acrylic on linen
65 x 108 1/4 inches
(165 x 275 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Father Figure ll, 2020
Acrylic on linen
65 x 108 1/4 inches
(165 x 275 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Fight Ring, 2020
Acrylic on linen
65 x 70 1/2 inches
(165 x 179 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Fight Ring, 2020
Acrylic on linen
65 x 70 1/2 inches
(165 x 179 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Electric Chair I, 2019-20
Acrylic on linen
74 3/4 x 41 1/8 inches
(190 x 104.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Electric Chair I, 2019-20
Acrylic on linen
74 3/4 x 41 1/8 inches
(190 x 104.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Poor Folk, 2019
Acrylic on linen
88 5/8 x 113 1/4 inches
(225 x 287.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Poor Folk, 2019
Acrylic on linen
88 5/8 x 113 1/4 inches
(225 x 287.5 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Refugee Camp II, 2019
Acrylic on linen
66 7/8 x 78 3/4 inches
(170 x 200 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Refugee Camp II, 2019
Acrylic on linen
66 7/8 x 78 3/4 inches
(170 x 200 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Memorial, 2018
Acrylic on linen
69 1/8 x 77 1/2 inches
(175.5 x 197 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Memorial, 2018
Acrylic on linen
69 1/8 x 77 1/2 inches
(175.5 x 197 cm)

Mohammed Sami
My Son's Clothes, 2018
Acrylic on linen
78 3/4 x 90 1/2 inches
(200 x 230 cm)

Mohammed Sami
My Son's Clothes, 2018
Acrylic on linen
78 3/4 x 90 1/2 inches
(200 x 230 cm)

Mohammed Sami
Skin VI, 2021
Acrylic on linen
98 3/8 x 131 7/8 inches
(250 x 335 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Mars II, 2021
Acrylic on linen
90 1/2 x 104 3/8 inches
(230 x 265 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Infection II, 2021
Mixed media on linen
82 5/8 x 71 1/8 inches
(210 x 180.5 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Refugee Camp, 2020
Acrylic on linen
66 1/2 x 77 3/4 inches
(169 x 197.5 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Still Alive, 2020
Acrylic on linen
27 1/2 x 33 1/4 inches
(70 x 84.5 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Father Figure ll, 2020
Acrylic on linen
65 x 108 1/4 inches
(165 x 275 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Fight Ring, 2020
Acrylic on linen
65 x 70 1/2 inches
(165 x 179 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Electric Chair I, 2019-20
Acrylic on linen
74 3/4 x 41 1/8 inches
(190 x 104.5 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Poor Folk, 2019
Acrylic on linen
88 5/8 x 113 1/4 inches
(225 x 287.5 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Refugee Camp II, 2019
Acrylic on linen
66 7/8 x 78 3/4 inches
(170 x 200 cm)
Mohammed Sami
Memorial, 2018
Acrylic on linen
69 1/8 x 77 1/2 inches
(175.5 x 197 cm)
Mohammed Sami
My Son's Clothes, 2018
Acrylic on linen
78 3/4 x 90 1/2 inches
(200 x 230 cm)

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