Roohi S Ahmed

Roohi S Ahmed

artist bio

Roohi S. Ahmed lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan. As a multi-disciplinary artist, her work often draws upon cartographical references in order to investigate the ontological realities of human existence in a degenerating political, social and religious environment. Ahmed is an Associate professor at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) in Karachi and holds an MFA from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has exhibited widely in Pakistan and internationally. Her work has been featured in the 11th Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has participated in International Artists’ workshops, Britto (Bangladesh), Vasl(Pakistan) and Coast(UK) and has been an artist in residence at Cicada Press (Australia), Coast (UK) and VASL (Pakistan). She has curated Simply Paper! and her co-curating credits include Michael Esson A Survey of Drawing, Michael Kempson. A Survey of Prints, Aboriginal Dreams and Let’s Draw the Line and 6X6 The Labyrinth in Karachi.

artist statement

My art practice investigates the relationship of an individual with the space one inhabits, challenging a purely static notion of public space to promote a temporal logic that reflects its fluctuating character and hint at the invisible infrastructures and its politics. By relocating and bringing together different elements, their meaning and use is transformed, and they become re-contextualized.

The sewing needle is a recurring element in my work. I am fascinated by its minimal appearance and its association with the act of stitching, whether the surface is fabric, industrial material or skin. In appearance it is very simple, like a line on one hand and yet human-like with its eye and directional because of its point. This work focuses on the poetics involved in a given relationship, be it of personal, social or political nature. The sense of vulnerability and tension that is sparked off by coming together of various elements interests me greatly.

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