Mohammed Sami was born in Baghdad, Iraq, 1984. He studied drawing and painting at The Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq 2005. He immigrated to Sweden in 2007. Later, in 2015 he earned a bachelor with honour degree from Ulster University-Belfast school of art, Northern Ireland. He has completed his master degree of fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, 2018. Mohammed lives and works between London and Norrköping, Sweden. 

In an attempt to use the medium painting as an instrument to find a metaphorical representation against the striking image of conflict and violence -Mohammed Sami paintings aim to explore the belated response to the trauma and memory since he immigrated to Sweden as a refugee from his native Iraq.

 

Rather than using the theme of trauma as a testimony to the Iraq conflict, which he witnessed first-hand, Sami deployed the painting to articulate to the war and memory obliquely. Sami tries to create a complex relationship between the original event and its present recollection that turns the traditional categories of painting such as still-life, internal-external spaces, and landscapes turn into triggers,  strange or threatening in his artworks.

 

Sami applied the index and pun as delusive signifiers as well as the historical harmonic composition to free the painting from the need of imitating reality and its time-honoured. Therefore, the paintings often appear to be about something else other than the source of the trauma to allow the context to be transitive to the viewers as opposed to being didactic. However, the affective nature of the transaction in his paintings does not force itself to convey a concrete message, but it offers a jolt that does not so much reveal the truth as thrust us involuntarily into a mode of critical inquiry.

Sami’s artworks attempt to challenge the typical image of suffering and aim to provide another perspective to the war and its effect while offers a slow and often personal reading through the complex painterly interplay of the daily objects, atmosphere, textures, and costumes - to evoke the widespread sense of loss and conflicts that inhabit cultures collectively.

Education 

2004    Diploma in Drawing, The Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq.

2016    BA Fine Art with First Class Honours Degree, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

2018    MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom.

 

Solo exhibitions*

2013   JAMM ART Gallery, Kuwait.

2012   Dag Andersson Gallery, Norrköping, Sweden.

2006  Al Khanji Gallery, Aleppo, Syria.

2005  Alwasity Gallery, Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Baghdad, Iraq.

1999  University of Baghdad, Iraq.

 

Selected group exhibitions*

2019   FBA Futures, Mall Galleries. London. 

2018   Bloomberg New Contemporaries, following by Liverpool Biennial and South London Gallery. The Sea is the Limited, York Museum/ Art Gallery, York, UK. Following by Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Doha. (Qatar) 2019. 

2011   The Culture Night of Norrköping City, Norrköping Art Museum, Sweden.

2010   Autumn Salon Paris, France.

2007-08 World Discussion; the international Biennial of Contemporary Art, San-Petersburg, Russia.

2006  The Iraqi National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad.

 

Awards*

2019    Hottinger Prize for Excellence, Mall Galleries, London.

2016  The Undergraduate Award (The global winner of Visual Art and Design Category),  Dublin, Ireland.

Public Collections*

The permanent collection of York Museum, York, UK.

The Government Art Collection, UK. 

The Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Baghdad, Iraq. 

Grants*

2018    The Swedish Arts Grants Committee ( Konstnärsnämndens), one year grant, Sweden.

2015  Region Östergötland (Kultur och utvecklingsstipendium), Culture and Development Grant, Sweden

Featured*  

2014/15 PRŌTOCOLLUM Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary (1st issue), Berline, Germany.

*Selection