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We are happy to show Haidar Mahdi’s exhibition "Master of Craft" which can trace its roots back through thousands
of years of history to the classical ceramics of the Ancient World. The artist combines a prodigious knowledge of his
raw materials with a high level of craftsmanship to give a form to everyday items that is quite unlike any we have ever seen before.
In his hands, classical items such as candelabra, urns and even cake-stands are transformed into iridescent sculptures
that cause us to reconsider the meaning of these objects and their relevance in contemporary art.
Mahdi’s creations reverberate with the echoes of references to various epochs in the history of art,
and it is this diversity and energy that imbue his sculptures with their own inimitable expression.
His art infuses craftsmanship with new meaning, new power.
"Master of Craft" consists of several unique pieces that have been specially produced for Galleri GKM.
They are presented in an installation that is energetic, if not bordering on rough-hewn; what is important here is not only the works themselves,
but also their relation to one another and to the space in which they are exhibited.
Following studies at Capellagarden on the Swedish island of Öland and at the University College of Arts,
Crafts & Design in Stockholm, Haidar Mahdi graduated from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Art with a Master’s degree in 2012.
He has previously exhibited at Liljevalchs Gallery’s Spring Exhibition in 2008 and 2011, as well as at Gustavsbergs Konsthall,
and since 2013 his work been represented in the collections of Sweden’s National Public Art Council.
"Master of Craft" is Haidar Mahdi’s first solo exhibition.
You are welcome to the opening on Friday 3rd May from 17.00 to 20.00.
Thomas, Katarina, Karl-Johan & Ludvig