Athar Jaber is a sculptor. He was born from Iraqi parents in Rome, in 1982 and 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.
Beside my artistic practice I am also eager to share my passion for sculpture and pass my knowledge of stone carving to help people become better sculptors.
And since I believe that the future of education is not at school — classrooms should have no walls, classes should always be in session, and students should never be late – I do this through a series of YouTube video tutorials, online stone carving courses, week-long workshops, and private teaching.
This allows for teaching at scale. And the content is accessible to anyone, at any time, anywhere in the world. Allowing for learners from different cultures, interests, age groups and life experience to connect with each other.
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