2018 Season I
UMBER MAJEED (USA/Pakistan)
Artist Statement/ BiographyUmber Majeed is a multidisciplinary visual artist. Her art training in Pakistan, New York, and Lebanon has activated a mapping of her cultural hybridity to negotiate tactics of sociality as an American born and raised, Pakistani-descent Muslim, woman of color. Majeed’s practice attempts to unpack the temporalities within South Asia as site, familial archival material, popular culture, and modern nation state narratives. The humor, lush visuality, and broken perspective/composition within the speculative fiction, drawings, collages, and animations seek to make visible the outlines of cultural alienation and systematic violence. Her current projects engage with familial archives to explore specifics of Pakistani state and urban infrastructure through a feminist lens. She lives and works between New York, USA and Lahore, Pakistan.
Umber Majeed (b. New York, 1989) is a multidisciplinary visual artist. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2016 and graduated from Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan in 2013. In July 2017, she completed the HWP fellowship at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon. Majeed has shown in venues across Pakistan, North America, and Europe. Recent group exhibitions include; ‘The Divided Self’, The Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2012), ‘Ornate Activate’, Shirin Gallery, New York (2015), and “The Museum: Within and Without”, The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia (2015), “welcome to what we took from is the state”, Queens Museum, New York (2016), and 'Promises to Keep', apexart, New York (2017). Her work has been acquired by several private collections, including the Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection at the Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon, India.