Zahra Jewanjee’s practice examines various inter-connected subject matters: sub cultural spaces, the behaviours of crowds, micro/ macro, territories and systems within systems. Existential questions and binary relationships are the philosophical and conceptual rationale to her studio practice. She is fascinated with ancient Eastern Sufi beliefs and scientific processes, creating a visual vocabulary that not only provokes a visceral experience but also stimulates precognitive agreement. Often fluctuating between abstraction and surrealism, she paints magical realism portals of time that function as escape route from the mundane, leading the viewer to the sublime.
Zahra graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2008 and currently lives and works in Dubai, recently completing her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence in 2019. She is a recipient of the Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship, Abu Dhabi 2015 and Scholarship 2016. She was nominated for the International Emerging Artist ‘Golden 12’ in 2014 and her work is exhibited internationally. Her work was featured in ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’for the Venice Architecture Biennial - US Pavilion 2018, RISD NatureLab, MAS contextChicago, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Guernica Magazineand other publications.