Seher Shah

Newsweek Great Female Artists? Think Karachi.

'“Why have there been no great women artists?” asked American art historian Linda
Nochlin in a landmark 1971 essay. Four decades later, her question still stands: while a handful of Western female painters, sculptors, and performance artists—Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic—have achieved the same level of fame as their male counterparts, the West’s elite art world continues to be dominated by male artists, curators, dealers, and collectors."


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Art India Assembling Authority

"Meera Menezes decodes Seher Shah's complicated photomontages."


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Whitewall Magazine Seher Shah

"We trust the archival image in its historically validated context, than those images generated in the now."


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Take on Art Seher Shah

"Superior Firepower, for now: Seher Shah's Black-Light Landscapes"


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Platform Magazine Artist Seher Shah

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Time Out Delhi Paper Cult

"For an architect, Seher Shah is good at breaking things down..."


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ArtSlant Monuments in Paper

"Paper acquires a monumental status in Seher Shah's works, both literally and metaphorically."


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Live Mint Mind Over Matter

"The 'mother country' exerts a strong tug on the diaspora and pretty much defines their identity in the lands they migrate to."


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Jagaad Superior firepower, for now: Seher Shah at Nature Morte Berlin

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Frieze Lines of Control

"‘Lines of Control’ is certainly an ambitious undertaking. Designed in three parts, the
exhibition takes place in three venues across three countries – UK, the United Arab
Emirates and Pakistan – in a rolling programme whereby each show overlaps with the
next. Its subject matter is similarly complex, addressing various kinds of partitions."


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Art India Anchoring the Void

"Deirdre King moves between different shared spaces to record her impressions about 'Drawing Space'"


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Public 38 Peversions of Empire: The Concrete Oracles

"The Perversions of Empire series looks at imagery of Empire-building with the consturction of monuments, architecture, and the impermanence of collective symbols."


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“[O]ne of the greatest advances in modern cultural theory is the realization, almost
universally acknowledged, that cultures are hybrid and heterogeneous...cultures and
civilizations are so interrelated and interdependent as to beggar any unitary or simply
delineated description of their individuality.”


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New York Magazine Artist Seher Shah Administers a Rorschach Test

"Seher Shah's architectural training comes through in this kaleidoscopic print, Projective
1, part of her "Jihad Pop" show, up at Chelsea's Bose Pacia Gallery."


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Art India Stripping Illusions

"Karen Miller-Lewis looks at the dialogue between structure and structure in the works of Seher Shah and Allan deSouza."


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Of 'Different' Classes
Surya Singh visits Gallery Nature Morte , New Delhi, to have a look at the new works by Anita Dube, Samit Das, Raqs Media Collective and Seher Shah.

'There is a pause . Be careful. The schedule has been suspended. Journey is broken. There has been change of plan. Of course, you can't move ahead without having an acute observation. Yes, there was a must see show by four artists of international repute at Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi. In fact there are three individual artists – Tahera Seher Shah, Anita Dube and Samit Das. The fourth one is Raqs media collective a collaborative and multidisciplinary name for a versatile troika of Indian culture industry namely Jeebesh Bagchi, Monika Narula, and Suddhabrata Sengupta and active in documentary film making, photography, new media art and writing.....

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Frieze Emerging Artists

Eugenie Tsai
Kalup Linzy and Shaun Leonardo, whose lip-synched duet in Lollipop (2006) is already a classic, are two artists worth watching. Their star presence as performers makes their explorations of gender and race provocative and compelling. Clifford Owens is someone else to check out. Seher Shah and Fay Ku both make large-scale, highly finished, drawings. Shah's draughtsmanship reflects her training as an architect; Ku constructs narratives that often centre on female protagonists. I am also curious to see what Duke Riley, known for projects outside the institutional framework (such as a renegade bar in Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens, New York) will do this spring.

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A Daily Dose of Architecture Jihad Pop

"Currently on view at the Queens Museum of Art is the exhibition Generation 1.5,
featuring works by artists who immigrated to a country in their adolescence."


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Bidouin Summer Show: Nature Morte

"Nature Morte's summer show featured new work by Samit Das, Seher Shah, Anita Dube, and Raqs Media Collective: a group of diverse artists linked only by their various investigations of the relationship between technology and art."


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The New York Times SEHER SHAH: 'JIHAD POP'

This solo show by Seher Shah, who was born in Pakistan, focuses on the contradictions inherent in monumental symbols and the communality that underlies them: in a beautiful and intricate wall drawing, the black cube of the holy Kaaba in Mecca both opens to reveal a courtyard garden and unfolds to form a cross; Islamic ornament and graffiti become one.

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Art Concerns Freedom of Interpretation

"After a brief period of slumber, Delhi is once again abuzz with art activities. Some shows
happen without giving any clue to the onlooker."


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The New York Times GENERATION 1.5

"'Generation 1.5' refers to people who emigrate during their adolescent years, whose
identity, unlike those of adult immigrants or children born in their parents’ adopted
country, is shaped by both their old and new cultures."


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Flavorpill NYC Art

Generation 1.5

"Generation 1.5" is an expression describing teenage immigrants. The eight artists in the Queens Museum's show, all of them 1.5ers, provide critical perspective on both their new surroundings and cultures of origin.Salvage Research Soul Training, the Jamaica-born Nari Ward's sculpture of anchored wheelchairs ascending toward the sky, suggests an uneasy transition between two states. RISD grad Seher Shah was born in Pakistan and exhibits six drawings from the series Jihad Pop Progression: large-scale, graphic works full of potent symbols. Lee Mingwei soothes his homesickness with a four-channel sound-and-light installation of a piece by famed turn-of-the-century composer Antonin Dvorak, written during his trip to America. (JW)

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ArtInfo Fair Report: Gulf Art Fair

"Last weekend, the Dubai International Financial Centre sponsored the much-anticipated Gulf Art Fair, the first international contemporary art fair held in the Middle East."


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By Alexander Smith
The experience of immigrants who come to America as adolescents is often ignored or considered unimportant compared to the experiences of adult immigrants and their young children. Generation 1.5, an exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art on view through December 2, highlights the work of artists from this group, who often feel torn between showing allegiance to their homeland and their new country.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 194,314 immigrant children between the ages of 10 and 19 gained legal permanent resident status in 2006. Allowing this large group to express the wide range of emotions that accompanies moving to a new country in their formative years helps us understand how they transform into contributing members of American society.
Generation 1.5 is comprised of works from eight artists whose home countries are just as diverse as the forms their artwork take. While the Queens Museum of Art has done several exhibitions of immigrant artwork, this collection is unusual because rather than focusing on an individual culture, "it binds multiple cultures together," said Prerana Reddy, the museum's Director of Public Events....................

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Art Papers Changing Climate, Changing Colors: 24 Muslim Artists

"Nowdays, news reports linking Muslims with terrorism, oppression of women, hatred of Americans, and other ills are so ubiquitous that even the most culturally enlightening among us may develop a slight case of xenophobia."


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