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Zahrah Ehsan is a visual artist from Pakistan currently based in Finland studying MA in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Arts from AaltoUniversity School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland. She received herBFA with Honours in 2012, with a concentration in Painting from the NationalCollege of Arts, Lahore. Her training at NCA has allowed her to expand theboundaries of her practice through experimentation in Painting, installationphotography and performance. She has furthered her practice by exhibiting ingalleries across Pakistan and internationally, as well as participating in aninternational residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA.  Zahrah returned to her alma mater aftergraduation, where she designed and taught a number of studio and theory basedcourses including Painting and Drawing, Fine Art Seminar. 

Zahrah has been experimental with her work having scavenged for possiblematerials from industry, popular culture, and utility incorporating it into herpaintings that is mostly a critique on the gendered body, social conformity,notions of socially constructed and enabled childhood.

Education:

2012 BFA, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. 

2018 MA, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland.


Professional Experience:

Feb 2015 Present: Visiting Lecturer at National College of Arts, Lahore

Courses: 2nd and 4th Year Painting 

2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Drawing

                 2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Art Seminar

                 Egg Tempera Elective

                 Painting Elective


2017: Fine Arts Course Co ordinator at National College of Arts, Lahore


Fine Arts Co ordinator at National College of Arts, Lahore

2015  4th Year Painting Course

2016  2nd Year Painting Course

2017  3rd Year Painting Course

2018  4th Year Painting Course


Aug 2014 Dec 2014: Teaching Associate at the National College of Arts, Lahore

Courses: 1st and 3rd Year Art History


Feb 2018 - Present: Art Instructor at Ray Academics, Lahore

Feb 2010 Present :  Visual Artist 


Selected Group Exhibitions 

2019 (Upcoming) Imago Mundi Project, Imago Mundi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Italy

2019 How Can We Keep The Chaos, ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin, Germany

2018 Histories in the Present, Väre - Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland.

2018 Un-Thinking 2-Person Show, Canvas Gallery, Karachi 

2018  River In An Ocean - Collateral Event of LB01, Lahore Biennale 01, Lahore, Pakistan

2017  Five Sides of a Square, Canvas Gallery, Karachi

2017  Of Other Spaces, at an abandoned house in Lahore, Pakistan

2017 This Tiny Garden That We Tend, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore

2016  Monochrome Monologue, The Paint Bucket, Lahore

2015 Till Human Voices Wake Us, Canvas Gallery, Karachi

2015 Parvaaz, Studio Seven Gallery, Dubai

2015 Nescafe Dolce Gusto, A Contemporary Art Experience, by Canvas Gallery, Mohatta Palace, Karachi

2014 New Art Works in collaboration with House 21 and Gulmohar, Launch of Spring 2014 Home Decor Collection, The Paint Bucket, Lahore

2014 As Time Goes By…, My Art World Gallery, Islamabad

2014 Resolving The Two Rights, The Paint Bucket, Lahore 

2014 Presence of Absence, Full Circle Gallery, Karachi

2013 Welcome to Pink, BFA Degree Show, National College of Arts, Lahore

2013 New Romantic, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad 

2013 The Distance between Me & You, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore

2013 In Search of Ground, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore

2013 Limbs - Anatomy of Images, Attic Studio, Al Hamra Art Gallery, Lahore

2013 Parallel Spectrums,The Paint Bucket, Lahore

2012 Hide and Seek, The Paint Bucket, Lahore

2011 Red Hot, Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore

2011 Photography Exhibition - Group Show, Zahoor ul Ikhlaq Gallery, Lahore

2011 Correspondence, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, Lahore (a collaborative project involving 13 students each from University of Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan)

2011 Open Studio, Attic Studio, Al Hamra Art Gallery, Lahore

2010 Young Artist Exhibition, Alhamra Art Council, Lahore


Residencies:

2017 Vermont Studio Center, Vermont, USA

2013 Attic Studio, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan


Curation:

2017 This Tiny Garden That We Tend, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore

2016 Forty One - Second Year Fine Arts Exhibition, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, Lahore

2015 Till Human Voices Wake Us, Canvas Gallery, Karachi

2013 Limbs - Anatomy of Images, Attic Studio, Al Hamra Art Gallery, Lahore

2013 In Search of Ground, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore

2011 Correspondence, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, Lahore (a collaborative project involving 13 students each from University of Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan)

2011 Photography Exhibition - Group Show, Zahoor ul Ikhlaq Gallery, Lahore

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