Seher Shah (b.1975, Karachi, Pakistan) lives and works between New York, USA and New Delhi, India. Shah’s practice uses experiences from the field of art and architecture to study 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. She has worked with spatial relationships between abstraction, perspective drawing and modernist architecture within multiple geographies and cultural contexts. For the past decade, the legacy of modernisms has informed her studies in redefining form, mass, permanence and erasure. Shah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Artist’s Rooms: Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE (2019), Studies in Form, Seher Shah and Randhir Singh, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018), Single Utopias, Statements, Art Basel, Switzerland (2017), Of Absence and Weight, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (2016), The Lightness of Mass, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2016), Ways of Seeing, Gauri Gill and Seher Shah, Experimenter, Kolkata, India (2014), 30 I 60 I 90, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India (2013), Constructed Landscapes, AMOA-Art House, The Jones Center, Austin USA (2013), Radiant Lines, Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany (2012), Brute Ornament, Kamrooz Aram and Seher Shah, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2012), Paper to Monument, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (2009), Jihad Pop, Bose Pacia, New York, USA (2008), Black Star, Momenta Art, New York, USA (2007).
Selected group exhibitions include: 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); Bearing Points, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2018); When is space?, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India (2018); Mémoires des Futurs, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2107); Constructs I Constructions, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India (2015); 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); WORKING SPACE around memory and perception, The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India (2015); Below Another Sky, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, UK (2015), The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2014); Observed Ratios, The James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA (2013); Decenter: An exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, the Abrons Art Center, New York, USA (2013); Radical Terrain, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA (2012); Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York, USA (2012); Drawing 2011: Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK (2011); Eccentric Architecture and Generation 1.5, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA (2011); On Rage, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin, Germany (2010); 21: Selections of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA (2008).
Her work is in the collections of the British Council, Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Kiran Nader Museum of Art, Devi Art Foundation, Deutsche Bank Art Contemporary, the Progressive Art collection, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, amongst others.