Zahra Jewanjee’s practice examines various inter-connected subject matters: subcultural spaces, the behavior of crowds, micro/macro, territories and systems within systems which are both singular and multiplied, individual and collective, considered by similarity or difference. Existential questions and binary relationships are the philosophical and conceptual rationale for 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 incites precognition. Often fluctuating between abstraction and surrealism, she paints portals of time, alluding to magical realism, that function as escape routes from ubiquity, leading the viewer to the sublime.
Zahra graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2008 completing her MFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence in 2019, she currently lives and works in Dubai. She is a recipient of the Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship, Abu Dhabi 2016. Zahra has shown in Lahore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Gdansk, New York, and Providence. Her work has been featured in ‘Dimensions of Citizenship’ for the Venice Architecture Biennial - US Pavilion 2018, RISD NatureLab, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, MAS Context Chicago, Guernica Magazine and other publications.