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Anila Quayyum Agha is a Pakistani-American artist who works in a cross-disciplinary fashion with mixed media. She explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles. As a result, her artwork is a conceptually challenging mixture of thought, artistic action and social experience. Since 2019 her work has been featured in eight solo museum exhibitions. More than a dozen additional exhibitions are slated.

 

Agha is internationally recognized for her large-scale cube installations that use light and pattern to immerse viewers in shared experiences and inclusive spaces. The patterns Agha laser cuts into the lacquered-steel cubes are a reinterpretation of floral and geometric motifs found in Islamic art and architecture in Asia and Africa. Suspended and lit from within, the cubes cast elaborate floor-to-ceiling shadows that transform the surrounding environment, alluding to the richly ornamented public spaces such as mosques that Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore.

 

In addition to her suspended installations, Agha creates wall-mounted two-dimensional works that play with light, shadow and pattern. Work in her Flowers series (2018) is composed of elaborately laser-cut encaustic paper adorned with light-reflecting embroidery and beads. These exquisitely detailed drawings are framed within shadow boxes, allowing light to pass through the intricate designs to cast patterned shadows on the walls. More recent work includes resin paintings in which the Agha radically expands her use of color and explores pattern in new ways. She departs from her characteristic streamlined palettes in favor of vivid hues inspired by the high-contrast color combinations popular in South Asian and African textiles. 

 

After arriving in the U.S. from Pakistan in 2000, Agha attended graduate school to study fiber arts. Over time, she expanded her practice to include other mediums as her work became increasingly sculptural. While still a student, Agha was frequently told that as a woman, particularly a woman of color and an immigrant, she would never advance her career if she used techniques associated with craft or visual elements unique to Islamic culture. But after seeing exhibitions of the subversive embroidered paintings of Egyptian artist Ghada Amer, the hand-sewn story quilts by African American artist Faith Ringgold and the multimedia installations created using textile techniques by American artists Anne Wilson and Ann Hamilton, Agha knew there was space for the kind of art she wanted to make, which was authentic to her life experiences while also conveying universal truths.
 

Anila Quayyum Agha received a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and an MFA from the University of North Texas. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Augusta, Georgia, where she is a professor and the Eminent Morris Scholar of Fine Art at Augusta University. 

 

Agha’s work has been exhibited at Asia Society, New York; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; National Sculpture Museum, Valladolid, Spain; Chimei Museum of Art, Tainan City, Taiwan; Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Texas; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas; University of New México Art Museum, Albuquerque; Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn, Alabama; Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida.
 

Major awards include the 2019 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the 2021 SARF (Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship). In 2019, Agha’s work was included in She Persists at the Venice Biennale. 

 

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, 1965 | Lives and works in Augusta, Georgia, and Indianapolis, Indiana.
 

Anila Quayyum Agha
NY | CHELSEA
Anila Quayyum Agha
A Moment to Consider September 8 – October 8, 2022
A Room of Her Own
SINGAPORE
A Room of Her Own
January 14 – April 2, 2022
Illuminations and Phenomena
NY | Chelsea
Illuminations and Phenomena
January 14 – February 27, 2021
The Art of Paper
NY | Chelsea
The Art of Paper
November 15, 2018 – February 9, 2019
Anila Quayyum Agha
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Anila Quayyum Agha
A Moment to Consider
Columbia, South Carolina
Museum Exhibition
Columbia, South Carolina
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: LET A MILLION FLOWERS BLOOM AT THE COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Museum Exhibition
Albuquerque, New Mexico
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: MYSTERIOUS INNER WORLDS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ART MUSEUM
Auburn, Alabama
Museum Exhibition
Auburn, Alabama
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: THE WEIGHT OF BLACK AT THE JULE COLLINS SMITH MUSEUM OF FINE ART
Fort Worth, Texas
Museum Exhibition
Fort Worth, Texas
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: A BEAUTIFUL DESPAIR AT THE AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Exhibition
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA’S WORK ON VIEW IN LIGHT UPON LIGHT: LIGHT ART SINCE THE 1960s
Cinncinnati, Ohio
Museum Exhibition
Cinncinnati, Ohio
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: ALL THE FLOWERS ARE FOR ME AT THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM
Burlington, Vermont
Museum Exhibition
Burlington, Vermont
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA‘S WORK ON VIEW IN TRANSCENDENT: SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART AT BCA
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Museum Exhibition
Tulsa, Oklahoma
SHADOW OF TIME: ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA AT THE PHILBROOK MUSEUM OF ART
Toledo, Ohio
Museum Exhibition
Toledo, Ohio
ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW AT THE TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART
Jacksonville, Florida
Museum Exhibition
Jacksonville, Florida
PROJECT ATRIUM: ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA
Artnet News
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Artnet News
10 Buzzy Gallery Shows Not to Miss in New York This Month, From Uptown to Tribeca September 20, 2020

Mark your calendars for Anila Quayyum Agha's new show A Moment to Consider at Sundaram Tagore Chelsea.

Architectural Digest India
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Architectural Digest India
At Masterpiece London, a Generous Display of the Best Art the Subcontinent Has to Offer July 10, 2022

At the show this year, New Delhi's Dhoomimal Gallery makes its debut with India's revered modernists, while Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha takes centre stage on this global platform.

The New York Times
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The New York Times
Anila Quayyum Agha Uses Patterns to Break Patterns June 27, 2022

Perceived dualities and opposites, including those around gender, animate Anila Quayyum Aghaʼs light installations, drawings and paintings.

Architectural Digest India
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Architectural Digest India
At Singapore Art Week, an all-women show confronts exclusion January 15, 2022

Sundaram Tagore Gallery’s show, A Room Of Her Own, features Anila Quayyum Agha, Tayeba Lipi, Lalla Essaydi, Karen Knorr, Miya Ando, Neha Vedpathak, Jane Lee and Susan Weil.

World Sculpture News
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World Sculpture News
Anila Quayyum Agha May 2, 2019

Over the past century, sculpture has changed its physical presence in all societies. While some works are still made to praise people and events uncritically, it now, more than ever, embraces all aspects of our turbulent and troubled world. 

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