About

Athar Jaber was born from Iraqi parents in Rome, in 1982. He grew up between Rome, Florence, The Netherlands and Antwerp.

Moving around several countries and cities helped reinforce a sense of belonging that went beyond geographical borders. This notion acted as the framework to his artistic practice, in a desire to outline a common human experience across cultures and time.

Having been brought up with images of the Gulf War, themes such as suffering and violence became inevitable. Meanwhile, growing up in Florence allowed him to develop an understanding of classical sculpture and its quest for ideal beauty. Athar Jaber seeks to explore the contrasting condition of violence and beauty that have played a significant role in his development as an artist.

Recent solo exhibitions include Where Pain Becomes Beauty (Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, 2015) and Offerings (National Museum of Fine Arts, La Habana, Cuba, 2018), while group shows include The Curated Space (Mall Galleries, London, 2016), 100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art (Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2017), Jerusalem Lives (The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, West Bank, 2017), A Cool Breeze (Rudolfinum Galerie, Prague (2019), Future Genealogies (6th Lubumbashi Biennial, Congo, 2019).

Athar Jaber’s work is part of various private and public collections such as the Barjeel Art Foundation, The Palestinian Museum, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana and the FAO Headquarters in Rome among others.

He currently lives and practices his profession as an artist and PhD Associate and Professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.

Exhibitions

2019
6th LUBUMBASHI BIENNIAL – Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo
LIJF EN BEELD , Art Center Ten Bogaerde, Koksijde, Belgium
PANIC IN SAKSEN PARK, Beveren, Belgium
A COOL BREEZE, Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
NONSEQUITUR, Kristin, Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2018
OFFERINGS – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
WORKFLOW, CC Sint Niklaas, Sint Niklaas, Belgium
ART BRUSSELS, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
THE GOLDEN PAVILLION, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium
ANTWERP IS HAPPENING, Galerie S&S,Antwerp, Belgium
NIGHT WAS PAPER AND WE WERE INK, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, UAE


2017
ATHAR JABER, WORKS – Galerie Loehrl, Monchengladbach, Germany
JERUSALEM LIVES, Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine
BETWEEN TWO ROUNDS OF FIRE, THE EXILE OF THE SEA, Katzen Art Center, Washington D.C., USA
OOSTERHOUT BIENNAL, Saint Paul’s Abbey, Oosterhout, The Netherlands
DISCLOSING THE UNCANNY, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK
100 CHEFS D’OUVRE DE L’ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN ARABE , Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

2016
ART COLOGNE, Galerie Loehrl, Cologne, Germany
THE CURATED SPACE, Mall Galleriers, London, UK
OPENING NIGHT, Chabah Yelmani, Brussels, Belgium

2015
WHERE PAIN BECOMES BEAUTY – Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy
POST MORTEM, University Museum for the History of Science, Ghent, Belgium
ART TRACES, Langemark, Belgium
FABRICA VITAE, Syggros Museum, Athens, Greece

2014
TERRIBILE BELLEZZA – Academia Belgica, Rome, Italy
BREUKLIJN, Beringen, Belgium
ERNEST ALBERT PRIZE, De Garage, Mechelen, Belgium

2013
SUCK THE PAST, D’Apostrof, Meigem, Belgium
MICHELANGELO SCHULTERN, Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen, Germany

2012
ATHAR JABER – Galerie Table Dada, Antwerpen, Belgium
EN AVANT!, Geneesherenhuis, Antwerpen, Belgium
FROM DIFFERENT CORNERS, Kritiku Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
FROM DIFFERENT CORNERS, Galerie Chantal Bamberger, Strasbourg, France
FROM DIFFERENT CORNERS, Backerstrasse 4, Vienna, Austria
FROM DIFFERENT CORNERS, Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
DIFFERENT CORNERS, Arteversum, Dusseldorf, Germany

2010
ATHAR JABER – Galerie Zuid, Antwerpen, Belgium

2009
ATHAR JABER – Galerie Zuid, Antwerpen, Belgium

2008
ATHAR JABER & MICHAEL WIESNER, ABC Monty, Antwerpen, Belgium
ENTREE – EXIT, Hessenhuis, Antwerpen, Belgium

2007
ATHAR JABER – Cypres Gallery, Leuven, Belgium
PROJECT 3000, Leuven, Belgium
PONTORMO, Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2006
ATHAR JABER – Muller Tentoonstellingen, Den Haag, The Netherlands
PROJECT 3000, Leuven, Belgium