Risham Syed

Risham Syed received her MA from Royal College of Art, London and BA from National College of Arts, Lahore, where she studied painting and traditional miniature painting.

Syed works in mediums as diverse as drawing, embroidery, painting, weaving and quilting. Her work meditates on modern living at its most ordinary yet refined state. Her art documents changes in urban landscapes and the resultant effects these have on the lifestyle of the inhabitants therein. Syed's practice critically focuses on the remains of cultural/historical inheritance and its perceived authenticity in present-day Pakistan.

In Syed's work, past folds into present through externalization taking the form of objects, which signify or symbolize time and space that is simultaneously intimate and invasive, even violent.

Risham has shown widely nationally and internationally including Fukuoka Triennial, Harris Museum, Preston, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, among others. Risham is the recipient of ABRAAJ Capital Art Prize. She lives and works in Lahore, and teaches at Beaconhouse National University. Her works are a part of important public and private collections.

Her recent projects include her participation in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane and Art Basel, Hong Kong; an exhibition in collaboration between The Gujral Foundation and Devi Art Foundation in New Delhi and a group exhibition in Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

She will have a solo show at Manchester Gallery in May, 2017 as a part of the New North And South programme.

The artist lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. 

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