Seher Shah

18 Dec – 06 Feb 2014

Jhaveri Contemporary is pleased to present 30|60|90, Seher Shah’s first solo exhibition in Mumbai. The exhibition opens on the 18th of December and remains on view until the 1st of February 2014.

Seher Shah’s work navigates the many permutations of personal and historical collective spatial memory through powerful graphic constructions. Trained as an architect, she starts with her own detailed drawings and then combines these with other types of imagery, both diagrammatic and photographic. Shah’s black and white prints and drawings explore the dimensions and incarnations of various iconographies: architectural, historical, personal, and political.

Starting with the basic elements of architecture (the wall, the column, the grid, the plane, and their repetitions) and exploiting the ambiguous nature of time, scale and mass, Shah creates evocations that elaborate upon basic binary relationships: interior/exterior, object/landscape, translucency/opacity, matter/energy.

The title of the exhibition, 30|60|90, takes its cue from a series of constraints that explores these physical qualities through drawings, digital prints and sculpture. 

Born in 1975 in Karachi, Pakistan, Seher Shah grew up in New York City, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. She has had solo exhibitions of her work at Nature Morte in both New Delhi and Berlin, Bose Pacia and Scaramouche in New York, and The Contemporary in Austin, Texas. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; House of World Cultures, Berlin; and the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

Shah’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Asia Pacific, Bidoun, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and Frieze Magazine, amongst others. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum and The Queens Museum, all in New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Schauffhausen, Switzerland; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, Vienna, amongst others. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

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