Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Mohammed Sami

Mohammed Sami (b. 1984, Baghdad; lives in London) studied drawing and painting at the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad (2005). He immigrated to Sweden in 2007, and later earned a first-class honors degree from Ulster University-Belfast School of Art (2015) and a master’s degree in fine art at Goldsmiths College, London (2018). Sami approaches painting as an allegorical representation against the striking image of conflict and violence. His paintings explore belated memories triggered by common everyday objects, from when he immigrated to Sweden as a refugee from his native Iraq. He has held solo shows at Modern Art, London; Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London; Al Khanji Gallery, Aleppo; and Alwasity Gallery, Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Baghdad, among others. Select group exhibitions include Still Alive, Aichi Triennale; The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London; and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial.

Mohammed Sami, The Fountain I, 2021, mixed media on linen, 230 x 285 cm, 90 1/2 x 112 1/4 in