Qinza Visual Artist

Drawing from my upbringing in Lahore, Pakistan and adulthood in the United States, my work deals with how notions of gender, political, and cultural power play out across geography and social identification.

I am interested in the body as both medium and subject—the circumstances surrounding its physical occupation of space, the norms and laws that govern our bodies as political subjects, and the uneven burden these norms often place on women and minorities.

I often use motifs of bodies stretched, deconstructed, distorted, and pushed beyond their limits. A body manipulated in this way is a reflection of how power is exerted on our beings, however, I am more interested in the reading of human potential— an extended body claims space beyond its expected role, both physically and figuratively. In particular, I aim to raise questions about how we might transcend and combat gender and minorities norms and double standards, cultural stereotypes, prejudice, and Islamophobia.

At its core, my work is about our capacity for transformation, generosity, and acceptance. Through my painting, sculpture, and performance work, I intend to generate a discussion about the obligations and responsibilities of belonging and the risk of reinforcing stereotypes during the process of challenging them.