Risham Hosain Syed is known for her exploration of post colonialism, capitalism and the demographic renaissance. The city is an important part of her practice, scenes of Lahore are often depicted in photographic works. But Syed’s cityscapes evoke a sense of turbulence; development schemes are isolated, construction debris is left scattered across a disoriented urban landscape. For instance her postcard like paintings installed at Project 88 sucessfully gave viewers a glimpse into life across the border in Lahore.
Born in 1969 in Lahore, Syed trained as a painter but often combines found objects, embroidery, woven fabric with her work. She also has a long career in teaching art where she notes that there has been an increase in the number of Pakistani art students who prefer more experimental practices like video art and digital media over painting. Syed draws on real and imagined narratives of the present and colonial histories.
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