Rabbya Naseer, Learning to be an American (Lesson 1), 2009.

Rabbya Naseer (Pakistan) is engaged in making, curating, writing and teaching art. Her practice is broadly concerned with exploring the parallels between art and everyday life and highlighting their similarities in production, representation, reception, and interpretation. In her roles of artist, curator, writer, teacher, and critic her interests lie in being a facilitator in the realm of cultural production. Within this, she sees the primary task as to orchestrate situations of reciprocity through the complexity of mediums (the written and spoken word, visuals, moving images, objects, performances and other people’s work). With a keen interest in performance, Naseer examines how one’s own encounters with the everyday help in the process of observing, critiquing and producing objects of significance.

Alongside her ongoing artistic practice, Naseer is currently working on compiling an archive of performance art from Pakistan, in addition to a curatorial project entitled Promises to Keep, to be shown at Apexart, New York, in June 2017. The exhibition will look at how performance is employed as a medium for addressing issues of identity and self-representation by female artists from Pakistan.

She has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from NCA, Lahore (2006) and is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for Masters in Art Theory and Criticism from SAIC, Chicago (2008-2010).

Naseer’s works and writings have appeared in various Pakistani publications and exhibitions. Her installations and performance works have also been exhibited at Today Art Museum, Beijing; Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, re.act.feminism travelling (across Europe) performance archive, Hedah Gallery, Maastricht; Fitz Theater, Stuttgart; thejamjar, Dubai; Fukuoka, Japan. She has also been part of residencies and academic conferences in India and in the USA.

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