Seher Shah’s practice uses experiences from the field of art and architecture to think about space, landscape, objects and aesthetics through drawing, printmaking and sculpture. In recent years her work has been concerned with the language of drawing and how to represent an experiential nature of space. The relationships within perspective drawings, the aesthetics of architecture, and materiality within drawing and sculpture are some of the preoccupations in her practice. Her work draws through scale shifts between the individual to architecture, personal memory to collective historical events, and the transformation of symbols and spaces.
Seher Shah (b. 1975) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.
Solo and two-person exhibitions include: When Words Disappear into Trees, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (forthcoming); Artist's Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Jameel Arts Center, UAE (2019); Of Absence and Weight, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (2016); The Lightness of Mass, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2016) and Ways of Seeing, Gauri Gill and Seher Shah, Experimenter, Kolkata, India (2014).
Recent group shows include: On Muzharul Islam: Surfacing Intention, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2020); Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2019); The Projective Drawing: An Exploration of Art and Architecture in Contemporary Culture, The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, NY, USA (2018); Planetary Planning, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); Mémoires des Futurs, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2107); Scenes for a New Heritage, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (2015); Geometries of Difference: New Approaches to Ornament and Abstraction, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY, USA (2015).
She lives and works in New Delhi.
The AR February 2021 issue on Gardens featured a wraparound cover, specially commissioned from the artist Seher Shah. Shah’s practice explores the poetics and fractures of architectural space through drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Her practice as an artist and her education in architecture has allowed for a method of working that is informed by both fields, through drawing, abstraction and materiality.
Artist Seher Shah and museum director Glenn D. Lowry bring their discrete observations on what constitutes the “contemporary” and what influences and plagues their respective practices
Catherine Croft writes about Seher Shah and Randhir Signh, two Delhi-based artists who make cyanotype images of brutalist buildings.
In her essay, Olivia Laing describes how Seher Shah and Randhir Singh used cyanotypes to explore the abstract qualities of four architectural developments around the world, among them the Barbican Estate in London where the author lives.
Katrina Kufer reviews Jameel Art Centre's Artists Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh.
Murtaza Vali's take on Seher Shah's large-format drawings.
A review on Seher Shah's The Lightness of Mass exhibiton.
A review by Malak Hassan on Seher Shah’s first solo exhibition at Green Art Gallery, Dubai.
A review of Seher Shah's first solo show The Lightness of Mass in Dubai by Bibhu Pattanik.
Through a series of artworks in a variety of mediums, Seher Shah re-imagines concrete structures through drawing and sculptures.
Five artists who have looked at the city through different eyes.
The show brings together work by artists inspired by formal traditions in which the decorative hasn’t been treated with such suspicion.
Niru Ratnam writes about Seher Shah's practice in the selection Future Greats in Art Review Asia.
Domus India features Seher Shah in two articles, Architecture as Resource and Drawing Allegories written by Kaiwan Mehta.
Asif Akhtar talks with Seher Shah about her series of work from 2010-2012.
A Review of Seher Shah's exhibition 30 | 60 | 90.
Seher Shah explores the language of the architectural diagram with her use of geometry, perspective and line but she treats the diagram as the generator of a to-be-determined design proposal.
Seher Shah discusses the intersection of architecture and drawing in her work.
Susan Scafati Shahan reviews Seher Shah's solo show at the Austin Museum of Art - Arthouse.
Radical Terrain is the last of three small, carefully judged, back-to-back exhibitions in the series Modernist Art From India at the Rubin Museum of Art.
Lines of Control, curated by Iftikhar Dadi and Hammad Nassar at Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, gathered over 40 works in varied media that dwell on the theme of borders.
Shah talks about the pieces she is currently working for two upcoming exhibitions Radical Terrain at the Rubin Museum and a solo exhibition Constructed Landscapes at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas.
ARTINFO caught up with the Pakistan-born Brooklyn-based artist for a deeper understanding into her complex work.
Kaelen Wilson-Goldie reviews Kamrooz Aram and Seher Shah's work in the exhibition Brute Ornament at Green Art Gallery in Bidoun Magazine.
Seher Shah is even more forceful about how public space and architecture can reflect the will to impose dominion.
Drawing allows freedom in terms of representations of space where contradictory and parallel ideas, as well as shifts in scale, can exist simultaneously.
A new exhibition at Dubai's Green Art Gallery features two artists that couldn't be more different: one adept at drawing ultra-detailed cityscapes in graphite, the other can suspend a decorative image at the point of obliteration.
Modernism's hard edges haunt Seher Shah, but it has not lost its edge. Geometries divide and multiply her images, like memories.
In Geometric Landscapes and the Spectacle of Force, the Pakistani artist Seher Shah works with archival images of the 1903 Delhi Durbar and contemporary images of the U.S. "war on terror."
Seher Shah’s black-and-white drawings are structured like lattices in which architectural façades are superimposed with delicate markings, linear details confront black voids and archival imagery intersects with multicultural symbols.
An enormous surge of interest in drawing has registered in contemporary art discourses over the last two decades, when several important museum exhibitions and publications identified its new found relevance. Karen Kurczynski explores this phenomenon through the works of contemporary artists, Seher Shah, Raymond Pettibon and Glenn Ligon.
Seher Shah is also occupied with the use of certain symbols and iconography relating to power and authority from the archives of the imperialistic past.
Alexander Keefe discusses Seher Shah's black-light landscapes, both abstract and visionary in their complexity.