Seher Shah, ‘Curved Gate’, 2014, Glasgow Print Studio

About Seher Shah

Trained as an architect, Seher Shah brings virtuosic draftsmanship and firsthand knowledge of the ramifications of urban development to her drawings, photographic prints, and sculptures. Graphic, intricately detailed, and often monumental in scale, Shah’s works feature city plazas, urban grids, ancient ruins, famous religious and political monuments, and modern buildings isolated and fragmented, exploded, collaged together, or interrupted by imposing, black geometric shapes. Such powerful visual disruptions to these symbols of order and civilization suggest that modern cities—and particularly rapidly modernizing cities, such as Beijing or Dubai—are caught in a permanent cycle of excavation, ruin, and renewal, in which history and inhabitants are often pushed aside.

Pakistani, b. 1975, Karachi, Pakistan

Group Shows

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Green Art Gallery at Art Dubai 2015
2014
Green Art Gallery at Art Dubai 2014
2013
Nature Morte at Art Basel Hong Kong 2013