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Detail of Seher Shah,

Argument from Silence (fragments and bodies), 2019



Working across drawing, printmaking, sculpture and writing, Seher Shah’s practice speaks to the poetics of how we perceive the landscape around us. Through the historical and intimate, and in between the architectural, political, and personal, she explores the abstraction of space through states of absence, fragility and fragmentation. Her studies on absence explore architectural perspective drawing traditions, fractured histories of objects and their erasure, alongside marks that retain the traces of time through real and imagined spaces. Working with variations of line, depth, and flatness, through graphite and ink, charcoal and dust, cast concrete and iron, her works are dedicated to the intimacy of mark-making through surfaces and their material weight.

Seher Shah (b. 1975, Karachi, lives and works in Barcelona) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. Alongside her practice, she is involved in two long-term exchanges which bind relationships between architecture, photography, drawing, and printmaking. She has collaborated with architectural photographer, Randhir Singh, on a series of cyanotype studies in form. And since 2014, with the Glasgow Print Studio, through the printmaking processes of intaglio, photogravure and woodcut through several published works.

Seher Shah - Artists - Green . Art . Gallery

Detail of Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Studies in Form, Barbican Estate, 2018.

Solo and duo exhibitions include: The Weight of Air and Memory, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, Scotland (2023); A Line of Foreign Verses, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan and Seher Shah, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2023); Seher Shah and Randhir Singh: Studies in Form, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2022); Notes from a City Unknown, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (2022); When Words Disappear into Trees, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2021); Artist’s Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE (2019); Studies in Form: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2018); Of Absence and Weight, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (2016) and The Lightness of Mass, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2016) amongst others.

Recent group exhibitions include: After Rain, Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024, Riyadh, KSA (2024); Small World, Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2023); In our Veins Flow Ink and Fire, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (2022); Horror in the Modernist Block, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2022); manifesto of fragility, 16th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2022); 75 Years of Consequence: The Partition of India, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York, NY (2022); Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX (2022); Pop South Asia: Artistic Explorations in the Popular, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2022); Proposals for a Memorial to Partition, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE (2022); On Muzharul Islam: Surfacing Intention, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2020); Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2019); Mémoires des Futurs, Centre Pompidou, France (2017) and Scenes for a New Heritage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2015) amongst others.

Her works can be found in collections ranging from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Queens Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Art Jameel Collection, Dubai; The Ishara Art Foundation and the Prabhakar Collection, Dubai; Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schauffhausen; Kiran Nader Museum of Art, New Delhi; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, Vienna amongst others.

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