Hamra Abbas lives and works in Boston and Lahore. She has a versatile practice that straddles a wide range of media. Drawing upon culturally loaded imagery and iconography, in an often playful manner, she appropriates and transforms traditional motifs and styles to examine questions of conflict within society.
Abbas received her BFA and MA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1999 and 2002 respectively before going on to the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin in 2004 where she received the Meisterschueler.
She is the 2011 winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. She was awarded a Jury prize at the Sharjah Biennial 9.
Her work has been included in Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan (2011); International Artists Workshop of Thessaloniki Biennial and International Incheon Women Artists Biennale (2009); Guangzou Triennial (2008); Istanbul Biennial (2007); Biennale of Sydney (2006); and Cetinje Biennial (2004).
Abbas’s work has been exhibited at MAK, Vienna; Singapore Art Museum; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; V&A Museum, London; Asia Society Museum, New York; ARTIUM de Álava, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; REDCAT, Los Angeles.
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