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Mehreen Murtaza

Pakistani, b. 1986

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Mehreen Murtaza

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Pakistani, b. 1986

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Mehreen Murtaza, who was originally trained in teaching, uses her multimedia practice to dissect the development of human civilization relative to both technology and nature. Murtaza engages traditional elements of Sufi culture, but approaches them with idiosyncratically contemporary means, such as cameras and image-editing software. The results are conceptually and pictorially multi-layered works that blend themes of myth, science fiction, superstition, and ritual. In the Great Patch Conspiracy (2012), for example, Murtaza gathered patch designs from real and fictional militia—from the Star Wars Rebel Forces to the First Gulf Strike in 1990—to be embroidered by hand and presented indistinguishably. Murtaza’s works sometimes carry a political inflection, but this is not her primary interest, as she is “more concerned with exploring the process of mediating the essence of an event through images.”

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Biography

Mehreen Murtaza, who was originally trained in teaching, uses her multimedia practice to dissect the development of human civilization relative to both technology and nature. Murtaza engages traditional elements of Sufi culture, but approaches them with idiosyncratically contemporary means, such as cameras and image-editing software. The results are conceptually and pictorially multi-layered works that blend themes of myth, science fiction, superstition, and ritual. In the Great Patch Conspiracy (2012), for example, Murtaza gathered patch designs from real and fictional militia—from the Star Wars Rebel Forces to the First Gulf Strike in 1990—to be embroidered by hand and presented indistinguishably. Murtaza’s works sometimes carry a political inflection, but this is not her primary interest, as she is “more concerned with exploring the process of mediating the essence of an event through images.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America