THREADS SOLO SHOW 2019
April 26 - 10 July 2019
Shaheen Ahmed works with maps; cutting, layering and stitching to create small-scale reliefs. These sculptural objects contain tent-like elements that explore the idea of sanctuary relating to the destitute and the downtrodden and seek to reflect, more generally, on the history of global diasporic communities. The relief structures also evidence an interest in Islamic pattern work, particularly that of the Alhambra Palace, a building that symbolises, for Shaheen, the importance and longevity of the coexistence of different cultures and perspectives within Europe.
Shaheen has worked with the Ikon Gallery Birmingham, as an artists’ mentor. This took her to Karachi in Pakistan; she was subsequently, the lead artist on a related project linking schools in Birmingham and Karachi. Her recent residency at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham, has enabled her, through collaboration with Dr Carl Stevenson, to look at the movement of people in relation to geophysics. In 2007 she received the Alhambra Award for Excellence in the Arts.
ORT GALLERY MEMBERS EXHIBITION
April 26 - 10 July 2019
FUTURE POSSIBILITIES LAB
November 2017 to April 2018
Future Possibilities Lab (FPL) is a curatorial space exploring the connections between artistic practice and scientific data to develop new, digital, data art. FPL crosses both physical and digital spaces and brings together artists and academics to work collaboratively to interrogate research and participate in enquiry and discussion to question, subvert and inform practice.
Future Possibilities Lab is funded through an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, University Of Birmingham Public Engagement Research Funding and supported by Lapworth Museum of Geology and Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage.
Dorothie Feilding was the Florence Nightingale of the Midlands, driving her ambulance and giving assistance to the wounded and displaced during World War One. Dorothie made reference to French Algerian Zouave soldiers in her letters of corresponence (Reference: CR2017 Feilding papers, Warwickshire County Record) on several occassions to her family back in the Uk.
'These Zouaves are wonderful troops, and something so fine about them, and their morale and bravery.'
Reading the first hand accounts of Feilding, inspired me to create 'Zouaves Standing'. My homage to Algerian Zouave Soldiers who fought in World War One. Paper Fez hats with the writings, drawings and paintings of Dorothy Fielding to create a cohesive collective narrative.
The hats are suspended from the ceiling to create the illusion of tall soldiers on guard, standing in rows. Through Dorothie's documents I find a narrative that speaks to me, has a shared history and identity I can relate to. My installation is a response to the connection I feel to these soldiers. They travelled from their homeland to fight in a War to protect the down trodden and oppressed. With an aim to achieve peace in all the lands the Zouave Soldiers bravely fought alongside their fellow comrades. The hats caste shadows on the wall behind them, leaving a ghostly pressence of their having been amongst us.
THREADS OF MIGRATION
Group Show at Qube Gallery Oswestry UK
ART AS POLITICAL EXPRESSION
Group Show as part of Festival of the Mind Sheffield University UK
2014. Digital print of 15th century Turkish map of Europe, silk thread
Group Show as part of Culture Central Birmingham UK. Money raised from the sale of this artwork was used to purchase bicycles for young Syrians living in Birmingham
SACRED KORAN PROJECT
2009 Book cover design
Celtic knot inscribed with verses from The Merciful The Holy Quran overlaid on a William Morris background
Part of National Trust, Ulfah Arts and Arts Council England