In her riverside studio in Harlem, Ghada Amer
keeps a world of powerful women at her fingertips, pulled from the pages of erotic magazines and reimagined into the abstract, embroidered paintings and delicate drawings she is known for. With its bare wood floors, white walls neatly arranged with tools, and tables bearing works in progress, Amer’s studio holds all things essential to her practice, including the richly colored thread she stitches into her canvases, the brazen collection of erotic images she calls “friends”, and stencils spelling pointed statements like Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition
. Amer invited Artsy for an exclusive tour of the newly acquired workspace that she and frequent collaborator Reza Farkhondeh share.
Photographs by Alec Bastian