Saad Qureshi
British, born 1986
Selected exhibitions
M I N D S C A P E S,
bo.lee gallery
Everything Exists Now,
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
When The Moon Split,
Aicon Gallery

Saad Qureshi’s body of work uses investigations of cultural identity and displacement as a springboard for more aesthetic concerns. The artist’s multimedia paintings and drawings often incorporate elements of mapmaking or documentation, hinting at fictional locations. His sculptures and installations sometimes have a sense of the apocalyptic, as though they are the relics of a doomed civilization. Utilizing a wide range of materials such as clay, hair, and burned prayer mats, the artist’s hand is at the heart of his practice. “Hand-craft has the human touch,” Qureshi has said. “It brings a special, emotional quality into a work when you’re manually manipulating the stuff it’s made of”—as well as a link to the history of craftspeople before him.