Qasim Riza Shaheen is a Manchester-based visual artist and writer who works across performance, installation, film, photography, and with audience as participants. His work explores various ways of sharing memories and enters the fragile architecture of the space between people.
His work has been exhibited and programmed widely, including at SPILL Festival of Performance, London; Brighton International Festival; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Liverpool Biennial; Arnolfini, Bristol; National Review of Live Art in Glasgow, Scotland; La Boral, Gijon; Trouble Festival, Les Halles, Brussels; CityArts and Project Arts Centre in Dublin; Corona Cork Film Festival in Ireland; Twelve Gates Arts in Philadelphia, USA; and Alhamra National Gallery in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was invited as an international resident artist and subsequently as an Associate Professor at the prestigious National College of Arts in Lahore and Islamabad.
He has also undertaken residencies at mac in Birmingham, Contact in Manchester, Fire Station Artist’s Studios in Dublin and he has been awarded several Arts Council of England Live Art bursaries. Shaheen has had numerous acquisitions made on his work by museums, galleries and private collectors. His major performances and exhibitions include: Misplaced Memoirs; Queer Courtesan, a cycle of 8 performances depicting 8 heroines in states of love; Liliquoi Blue: God made me a boy; (I am) mute (with love); Nine acts of reciprocity; and Stains & Stencils.
His forthcoming publication is entitled The Last Known Pose: Essays and Reflections on the Works of Qasim Riza Shaheen and is due to be published by Cornerhouse publications in 2018. Previous publications include: Liliquoi Blue: God made me a boy (City Arts, 2010); Nine acts of reciprocity (Gallery Oldham, 2010); Khusra: Stains & Stencils (Shisha, 2007); and Only the moon to play with (Arts Council England, 2004).
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