Ghada Amer (b. 1963)
signed and dated 'Ghada Amer 95' (on the overlap)
embroidery and acrylic gel on canvas
70 1/8 x 57¾ in. (178.1 x 146.6 cm.)
Executed in 1995.
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York
Venice, La Biennale di Venezia 48 Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, 1999, pp. 197-198 (illustrated).

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I wasn't interested in knowing whether it's right or wrong that women spread their legs and show their bodies outside of the officially legitimizing private sphere. It only made me think that no one ever freely faces up to her own sexuality. I knew my body gave me pleasure, so why not show women while they are caressing themselves? I feel that for women, sex is strength and giving it up makes no sense (G. Amer as quoted in La Biennale di Venezia 48 Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, exh. cat., 1999, p. 196).

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