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The Lightness of Mass, Seher Shah

Installation view at Green Art Gallery, Dubai, 2016

Turning a piece of imposing, brutalist architecture into something soft and gentle might seem an impossible task.

The two descriptions are innately at odds with each other, but somehow, through a series of artworks in a variety of mediums, Seher Shah has managed to inject a certain amount of buoyancy into the weighty and imposing buildings and man-made forms she has chosen as subjects for her latest ­exhibition.

The entry point for the show, at Green Art Gallery, is evident in the title – The Lightness of Mass – which neatly describes the spirit of the exhibition.

Shah, who graduated in fine arts and architecture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998, uses her fascination with rugged concrete structures, combining them with drawings to create intriguing pieces.

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