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I am a multidisciplinary visual artist who has been working since the1980’s. Originally from Pakistan, I’ve studied at the National College of Arts (Lahore, Pakistan), the University of Punjab (Lahore), the University of Manchester (UK) and the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada).
My work has been shown in over 100 art exhibitions both locally and internationally in solo, juried, and group art exhibitions notably “Other Histories”, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan (2015), “Hope”, the Art Gallery of Regina, Saskatchewan (2014), “A is for…”, McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, Canada (2012) “White Wash”, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (2011) “Erasing Borders”, Queens Museum of Art, New York, U.S.A. (2009),“Forth Biennial of Islamic Contemporary Painting” Tehran, Iran (2006) “Hart House Juried show” (2006), J M Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, “Contemporary Miniatures and New Art Forms”(2006), Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia; “Creative Insecurity” (2004) at the Harbourfront “Working Bodies” (1991), Toronto and “From Images to Images” (1988) based on the miniature collection, Victoria and Albert Museum England.
I received a British Council Fellowship to study in History of Art Department, University of Manchester, England in 1988, Smithsonian Internship in Washington D.C in 1988, Chalmers Fellowship Award, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario, Canada in 2008, Ontario Arts Council Mid-Career Artists Grants in 2007/12/14, Toronto Arts Council Visual Artist grant in 2010/13, Canada Council Visual Artists Grant in 2014/1017 and “Artist of the year award for 2005” by South Asian Visual Arts Collective, Toronto, Canada.
Through my art practice, I explore and critique the effects of globalization in the world today. Using mediums such as vinyl, neon lights and photography, I investigate themes such as violence, conflict, war, and the environment to highlight the complexities of such issues in the context of aggressive globalization.
My current practice examines the discontents of current globalization and the ways in which it has jeopardized the well-being and livelihoods’ of those who are unable to benefit from its hyper-capitalist economic, social and political values. I am interested in understanding and interpreting the narratives, phraseology, and translations that come from these communities. My work expands on the implications of such circumstances.
In using such concepts as the basis of my work, I hope to depict not only a natural progression of my past explorations but also to reveal a leap of creative and material synthesis. Through this process, I continue to depict and emphasize how global networks inform the how communities engage and deal with the everydayt lives of people.