2020

Persia
Primordial Sanctuary
Rescue Me Series
Would You Rescue Me?
Rescue Me (close up)
Rescue Me
 

BLINDFOLDED IN PAIN

Blindfolded Pain
Blindfolded Pain
 

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.

 
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MEDITATIVE MINIMALISM

Studio work

 
15th Century Maps reworked

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.

Unearthing Layers through Light
Techtonic Plates
Lapworth Arches
Movement
 

ZOUAVES STANDING

2016

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.

Zuoaves Standing
Fez Hats close up
Studio work
Fez Hats
Fez Hats close up
Fez Hats art installation
 

THREADS OF MIGRATION

2016

Group Show at Qube Gallery Oswestry UK

 

ART AS POLITICAL EXPRESSION

2014

Group Show as part of Festival of the Mind Sheffield University UK

 

BEYOND BORDERS

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

 

BRITISH SUMMERTIME II. 2011

2014

British Summertime II
Residency Programme hosted by New Art Gallery Walsall and MAC Birmingham UK

 

LEEDS INTERNATIONAL ARTIST BOOK FAIR

2011

Love
 

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

 

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©2020 by Shaheen Ahmed

Persia

Archival map print, ink, silk threads