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Detail of Seher Shah,

Argument from Silence (Hand with Wreath), 2019


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.

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

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 (2021); 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: Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India (forthcoming); 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.

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