2019 © Seyhr Qayum 

Born in Chicago, IL, 1991

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Seyhr's practice explores matters of identity politics, as she moves between liberal and conservative societies. Within this larger framework, her art focuses on the "South Asian woman's" sense of self, especially as informed by South Asian culture and Islamic dogma. Conceptually, her work uses lived experience as a point of departure--that she translates into more universally accessible visuals--often emphasizing the theatricality of striving to adhere to bizarre societal norms and expectations. 
 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education:

2021     MFA Painting, Pratt Institute, NY

Merit Scholarship

2013     BFA Painting, Boston University, MA                 

Dean’s List

2011     Scuola Internazionale Di Grafica, Venice, Italy                                            

BU Study Abroad Program

Shows:

Solo:

2018     We're All Mad Here, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2015 - Present     Lamb Building, Middle Temple, London, UK 

Group:

2019     Exhibition of Graduate Works, The Pfizer Building, Pratt Institute, NY

             Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, NY, USA 

             Pakistan at 100, World Bank Office, Islamabad, PK 

             Contemporary Pakistan, World Bank Office, Islamabad, PK

             Eye for Art, TX

2018     River in an Ocean, Lahore Biennale; Collateral Event, The Creative Process, Lahore, PK

2017     Occupying the Third Space, Satrang Gallery, Islamabad, PK

2016     Ato Nexus, Embassy of Pakistan, Tokyo, JP

2015     About Time, Al-Hamra Arts Council, Lahore, PK

             Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad, PK

             National College of Arts Faculty Show, CAG, Islamabad, PK

2013     BU Graduation Show, Boston, MA

             BU College of Fine Arts Graduation Entrance Display, Boston, MA

2012-13     Foundation for Open America, Boston, MA 

2012     BU College of Fine Arts Entrance Display, Boston, MA

             BU Fall Show, Boston, MA

             Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad, PK

             

2011     Studio Night, Venice, IT

             Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad, PK

             BU Undergrad Fall Show, Boston, MA 

 

Work Experience:

Graduate Assistant; Anatomy Drawing Class; Pratt Institute, NY (Present)

Visual Media Consultant at the Jinnah Institute, Islamabad, PK

English Copywriter at Synergy Advertising - Dentsu Aegis Network, Islamabad, PK

Teaching Associate at the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi, PK

Creative Intern at Leo Burnett, Dubai, UAE                               

Additional Experience:

2019    The Future of Desi Lit; Panelist; AAWW; Brooklyn Book Festival, NY 

2018    Making Art in the Capital, Artist Talk; Kuch Khaas, Islamabad, PK

2016    Ato Nexus; Artist in Residence; Tokyo, JP

Publications:

2017    When Did "Feminism" Become An Unspeakable Word?; Blue Chip

2015    Who Did You Paint That For?; Blue Chip

2014    Thinking Outside the Box; Architecture Design Art

            Why Do We Love the Abstracted Woman?; Blue Chip

            Pakistani Street Art; Blue Chip

            What It’s Like To Be An Artist; Blue Chip

2012    Varying Art Assessment Standards in An Era Where “Anything Goes”; Architecture Design Art

Select press/media reviews of latest exhibitions:

WE'RE ALL MAD HERE:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1418735

http://www.youlinmagazine.com/story/art-exhibition-we-are-all-mad-here-by-seyhr-qayum/MTE2OA==

https://fp.brecorder.com/2018/07/20180707388595/

Nigaah Art Magazine, Edition 79 (Painting from exhibition printed on cover)

Exhibtion coverage, review and artist interview, Geo TV

 

RIVER IN AN OCEAN:

https://dailytimes.com.pk/222219/visual-delight-river-in-an-ocean-a-show-of-active-resistance/

https://www.dawn.com/news/1398479

OCCUPYING THE THIRD SPACE:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1355010

http://www.youlinmagazine.com/story/occupying-the-third-space-at-satrang-art-gallery/OTI2