Athar Jaber (B. 1982) currently lives and works as an artist and Associate Professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. Growing up between Rome, Florence, The Netherlands and Belgium helped Jaber reinforce a sense of belonging that went beyond geographical borders. This notion acts as the framework for 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. Hence, Athar Jaber seeks to explore the contrasting condition of violence and beauty that have played a significant role in his development as an artist.
Solo exhibitions include Offerings, National Museum of Fine Arts, La Habana, Cuba, (2018); Works, Galerie Loehrl, Monchengladbach, Germany (2017); and Where Pain Becomes Beauty, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, (2015).
Group exhibitions include an upcoming show at CARME, Brescia (2022); Triennale Brugge MEI Bugge, Belgium (2021); Facing the Sun, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Schloss Görne, Germany (2021); national Sculpture Prize “Earnest Albert”, De Garage, Mechelen, Belgium (2021); ART IN ISOLATION: CREATIVITY IN THE TIME OF COVID-19, MEI Gallery, Washington DC (2020); The Unruly Apparatus, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium (2020); 404 – Page not Found, Kunstenhuis, Harelbeke, Belgium (2020); A Cool Breeze, at Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague (2019); Panic in Saksen Park. Hof Ter Saksen, Beveren, Belgium (2019); Lijf & BeeldArt Center Ten Bogaerde, Koksijde, Belgium (2019); Nonsequitur, at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2019); Workflow, CC Sint Niklaas, Belgium (2018); Art Brussels, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Brussels (2018); Het Gouden Paviljoen, The Golden Pavillion, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium (2018); and Antwerp is Happening, Galerie S&S, Antwerp, Belgium (2018). In summer 2019 Jaber was the Artist in residence for the 6th Lubumbashi Biennial, Congo. Jabe's work is in the collections of UN art collection, FAO Headquarters, Rome (IT); Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah (UAE); Royal Conservatory, Den Haag (NL); National Museum of Fina Arts (Cuba) and The Palestinian Museum (Palestine).
Highlights and Collections
Athar Jaber was awarded multiple awards and residences which include the Vincke Soers, City of Antwerpen award in 2008, Theodoor Van Lerius sculpture award, Antwerpen in 2007 and a residency at the 6th Lubumbashi Biennial, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019. His works are held in important private and public collections such as UN Art Collection, FAO Headquarters, Rome (IT); Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah (UAE); Royal Conservatory, Den Haag (NL); National Museum of Fina Arts (Cuba); The Palestinian Museum (Palestine).