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Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim

Emirati artist Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim (b. 1962, Khorfakkan, UAE) is part of the UAE’s first generation of contemporary artists.

Coming of age as an artist in the UAE when the visual arts were not yet valued culturally or taught in degree programs, Ibrahim was pulled out of a secluded practice – and life as a police officer – when he met the late artist Hassan Sharif in 1986 and become a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society, and he helped to form the foundation for the creative community that defines the UAE today.

Ibrahim’s practice has been inspired by a lifelong relationship with the environment of Khorfakkan, his place of birth, with the Gulf of Oman on one side and the Hajar Mountains on the other. His fascination with the desolate, rocky terrain on this eastern shore of the UAE recalls not only Judd’s attraction to the barrenness of his Texan hideaway, but also the earthy toils of a generation of land artists, with whom Ibrahim shares a spiritual lineage. Ibrahim works and lives in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates and is represeented by Lawrie Shabibi (Dubai).

In partnership with BMW Middle East, Art Dubai Portraits is a film series that provides a short perspective into the lives and workspaces of artists that are connected to the fair through its programming or participating galleries. The series is produced in collaboration with Forward James Filmmakers.