Opening times | Mon-Sat 12-8pm | Closed Sunday
The Alexandria Library | 247 Wilmslow Road | Manchester | M14 5LW
Rasheed’s practice has its roots in the Indo - Persian tradition of miniature painting, but like many of her contemporaries, she has rejected traditional subjects for modern ones. Her work explores human rights in a society where ones existence is defined by gender, taboos, traditions, religion and culture. It unravels individual or collective memories and experiences in visual form, with an empathetic outlook that hopefully stimulates recognition for a collective effort for change. Some of her work is deeply personal drawing on her own remembered experiences, like the constrictive conditions placed on female children forbidden to play on the streets after a certain age, and how this solitude, for her personally, led to endless hours of drawing.
The exhibition at The Alexandria Library features work from her series "Creative Women" and "Walk to School” and is presented alongside new works, created in response to this year’s festival theme "Who do you think you are?" produced especially for Asia Triennial Manchester 2018.
Saima Rasheed was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1976. She received her BA from the National College of Arts in 2000. She has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include; Colombo Biennale, Sri Lanka (2016) and the Portico Library Manchester (2017). In 2017 Rasheed was nominated for the prestigious Jameel Prize (V&A London), and in 2018 was short listed for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize (Hong Kong 2018). Coinciding with her exhibition at The Alexandria Library Rasheed will be presenting select works at this year’s Manchester Contemporary Art Fair represented by Asia Triennial, curated by Founder/ Director Alnoor Mitha.