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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Imran Qureshi

b. 1972, Pakistan

Imran Qureshi is best known for his beautifully crafted paintings, which feature a delicate repetition of decorative motifs and figurative elements. Largely influenced by the Mugal heritage of miniature paintings, Qureshi has evolved his own personal iconography that permeates his works as observed in his various paintings and more recently, his site-specific installations.

Born in 1972, he has lives and works in Lahore, Pakistation. He graduated from the National College of Arts in 1993 (Lahore, Pakistan) as a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has since then gone on to achieve international acclaim with the prestigious Sharjah Biennial 10 Premier Prize (2011) for his installation Blessings Upon the Land of My Love being an attestation to such.

Considered one of Pakistan’s most important artists, Qureshi’s works have been featured on multiple platforms. As part of him being awarded the Deutche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” in 2013, he exhibited a large solo exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.

Quershi is represented in the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan; Harris Museum, Preston, England; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Deutsche Bank’s Collection of Contemporary Art, Frankfurt, Germany; World Bank, Washington, DC; The Presidency, Islamabad, Pakistan; National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan; Bradford Art Galleries and Museums, Bradford, England; Queensland Art Galleries & Museums, Brisbane, Australia.

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Featured Artworks

Survived by Imran Qureshi contemporary artwork Imran QureshiSurvived, 2017 Acrylic on paper
76.2 x 55.9 cm
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In Related Press

'I'm not a journalist': Pakistani neo-miniaturist Imran Qureishi Related Press 'I'm not a journalist': Pakistani neo-miniaturist Imran Qureishi Art Radar Journal : 30 January 2017

Imran Qureshi was born in 1972 and grew up in Hyderabad, Sindh Province before settling in Lahore, where he is still based. Soft-spoken, thoughtful and deeply engaged with the sociopolitical context of his country, Qureshi talks to Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen in a revealing video for the Louisiana Channel, focusing on his exhibition Idea of...

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Where do these crimson trails lead us Related Press Where do these crimson trails lead us The News on Sunday : 9 March 2016

The leaden-grey concrete gallery at the Barbican offers an enticing, uninterrupted space spanning ninety metres, enabling visitors to tentatively grapple with the light adjustment whilst walking deeper into shadow. At first glance it is tempting to be ensnared by clichéd terminology as we are seduced by these exquisite jewel-like miniatures curving...

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Imran Qureshi's miniatures take over London's Barbican - and a park in Bradford Related Press Imran Qureshi's miniatures take over London's Barbican - and a park in Bradford The Art Newspaper : 3 March 2016

The Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi is due to unveil a painted Indian garden in a park in northern England this summer, inspired by the British Indian army that fought in the First World War. Qureshi, the subject of a major exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London, will paint the flora and fauna on the paving at Bradford's Mughal Water...

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