Amjad Faur

Statement

Medieval depictions of historical events in Shi’a art and illuminations often depict the prophet Muhammad with a golden flame enveloping his head or show his face entirely shrouded by a veil; an attempt at reverence in both his depiction and non-depiction. This primary tension regarding how images operate and their power to narrate versus their potential to transform into something more seductive and dangerous is instrumental in my own approach to image making. The conceptual translations of these concerns to modern depictions of geopolitical and religious violence are not hard to make within the context of contemporary media as well as art and indeed manifest within my photographs.

As an artist simultaneously attempting to navigate photography’s contemporary role in art and populist models of thought as well as its relationship to art history, I find inescapable parallels between the photograph’s exacting abstraction of the world and our inclination to adore them as empirical objects. I am inclined to employ this representational tension as a means to explore both the volatile and mercurial problems of my ancestral background in the Middle East.

I have been working for over a decade with large format photography and it is still the means by which I conceptualize, associate and produce my work. There is a meditative and decidedly intentional quality built in to every image that stems tangibly from the very materials they are made of. My images are often constructed in a studio, within a controlled environment and require much in the way of sculptural and spatial problem solving. The images are contingent on having been shot “in camera” so as to reinforce the visual abstractions contained within them. In contrast, the visual content of the images is mostly informed by the transitional and elastic spaces found in the ethnic, political and religious labyrinth of the Middle East; a region whose narratives are so often borne of both the control and immediacy of images and their symbolic weight.

CV

AMJAD S. FAUR

EDUCATION
2005
M.F.A. University of Oregon

2003
B.F.A. University of Arkansas

1999
University of Arkansas, Rome, Italy

1997
Savannah College of Art and Design

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
A Scythe Across the Night Sky, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2014
Sun Kings, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Liban, Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA

2013
Future Ruins, The Invisible Hand Gallery, Lawrence, KS

2011
Bethlehem in Wax, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2008
A Taxonomy of Wounds: Photographs by Amjad Faur, DDP Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

2007
An Extraordinary Violence, PDX Window Project, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
An Extraordinary Violence, Form/Space Atelier, Seattle, WA
An Extraordinary Violence, Espace Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Unfortunately, It Was Paradise, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

2006
Ceremony of Secret Names, Anne Kittrell Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

2005
We Who Believe in the Unseen (M.F.A. thesis exhibition), Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR

2004
Cartoons and Coffins, Laverne Krause Gallery, Eugene, OR

2002
A Starless Night with Your Ghost, University of Arkansas Fine Arts Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Dislocation, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2016
5th Annual Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, Irving Arts Center, Houston, TX

2015
Soil, Seattle, WA

2014
Mountain, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2013
Eschaton, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Seventy Years of Contemporary Jordanian Art, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan

2010
Deliquescence, two-person show, 515 Arts Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2008
Reading Room, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2007
Photographic, DDP Gallery, Fayetteville, AR
Art Amiss, Fayetteville, AR

2005
Laverne Krause Gallery, Eugene, OR

2004
Downtown Initiative for Visual Arts Gallery, Eugene, OR
Art Amiss, Fayetteville, AR
Iris Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

2002
University of Arkansas Fine Arts Gallery, Fayetteville, AR
Anne Kittrell Gallery, Fayetteville, AR

COLLECTIONS
Ann Edlen
Carlos Gomez
City of Portland Portable Works, Portland, OR
Craig Hartzman and Jim Johns
Driek Zirinsky
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
Mary and Spencer Dick
Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Umpqua Community College
Victoria Haven