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.
This artwork description is an excerpt the artists website under the press release of the exhibition “30|60|90” at Jhaveri Contemporary.
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 The Lightness of Mass, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2016), Ways of Seeing, Gauri Gill and Seher Shah, Experimenter, Kolkata (2014), 30 | 60 | 90, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2013); Constructed Landscapes, AMOA-Art House, The Jones Center, Austin (2013), Radiant Lines, Nature Morte, Berlin (2012); and Brute Ornament, two-person exhibition with Kamrooz Aram at Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2012).
Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Devi Art Foundation, Deutsche Bank Art Contemporary, the Progressive Art collection, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, Vienna, Austria amongst others.
She has had reviews in Artforum, The New York Times, Art Asia Pacific, Bidoun, Art Papers, Newsweek, Social Text, Art Journal and Frieze Magazine amongst several others.
This artist bio has been sourced from Seher Shah’s biography on Nature Morte.