Artist Statement: Mahmoud Obaidi

Mahmoud Obaidi (b. 1966, Baghdad) is an Iraqi-Canadian artist whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. After leaving Iraq in 1991, he obtained his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph in Canada, and completed diplomas in new media and film from Toronto and Los Angeles, respectively. His work has been exhibited extensively, including at Qatar Museums Gallery, Doha; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Saatchi Gallery, London; the National Museum of Bahrain; the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; the National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Texas; and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, among others. His work is part of the permanent collection of a number of significant museums, foundations, and private collections.

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions
Fragments: An Exhibition by Mahmoud Obaidi,
Qatar Museums Gallery, Katara, Doha
Fair Skies, Project Space, Mathaf: Arab Museum
of Modern Art, Doha
Baghdad Manifesto, Saatchi Gallery, London

The Imposter, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice

The Replacement, Meem Gallery, Dubai and Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait City

Contemporary Arab Art: How Do You Sleep at Night?, Meem Gallery, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi
Fair Skies – 25 Years of Arab Creativity, National Museum of Bahrain, Manama
The Cubes – Hajj: The Journey Through Art, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Dress Code, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Confusionism, Katara Art Centre, Doha

Fair Skies – 25 years of Arab Creativity, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

200 Gigabytes of My Memory – Art in Iraq Today, Meem Gallery, Dubai, and Beirut Exhibition Centre, Beirut

Fair Skies, Agial Art Gallery and Art Dubai, Dubai
They Welcomed Us with Flowers, Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai
My Homeland, Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai
Beyond the War: Contemporary Iraqi Artists of the Diaspora, LTHM Gallery, New York

Turtles – Iraqi Artists in Exile, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas
Modernism and Iraq, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York

Golden Leaves Book, Gallery Jouy, Switzerland, and T Cazacrou Foundation, Frankfurt

Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton and other locations (travelling exhibition)
Improvisation: Seven Iraqi Artists, Bissan Gallery, Doha, Al-Riwaq Gallery, Manama, and 4 Walls Gallery, Amman
Paris–Baghdad: Iraqi Artists, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris

Iraqi Art Now: Looking Out, Looking In, De Paul Art Museum, Chicago

The Ramona Project, 4 Walls Gallery, Amman

The Dome Project, Zavitz Gallery, Toronto
The Dome Project, Public Art, India

Obaidi, Darat Al Funun, Amman

Cats’ Factory, Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad

The artist’s work is held in a number of permanent collections including Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; the National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; the Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec; and the Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad.