Artist Statement

Drawing from my upbringing in Lahore, Pakistan and adulthood in the United States, my work deals with how notions of gender, political, and cultural power play out across geography and social identification.

I am interested in the body as both medium and subject—the circumstances surrounding its physical occupation of space, the norms and laws that govern our bodies as political subjects, and the uneven burden these norms often place on women and minorities. I often use motifs of bodies stretched, deconstructed, distorted, and pushed beyond their limits. A body manipulated in this way is on the one hand a reflection of the of how power is exerted on our beings- an extended body claims space beyond its expected role, both physically and figuratively. In particular, I aim to raise questions about how we might transcend and combat gender norms and double standards, cultural stereotypes, prejudice, and Islamophobia.

At its core, my work is about our capacity for transformation, generosity, and acceptance. Through my painting, sculpture, and performance work, I intend to generate a discussion about the obligations and responsibilities of belonging and the risk of reinforcing stereotypes during the process of challenging them.


Qinza Najm

Selected Group Show Exhibitions:

2017   Tabdeeli, Queens Museum, NYC

#NoHonorInHonorKilling, Museum of Moving Images, NYC

Carousel, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, NYC

Suitable Girl, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Performance, The Last Frontier, NYC

#BaNoMore, WhiteBox Art Space, NYC

Somewhere in America, St. Lawrence University Gallery, NYC

2016   Passage of Wishes, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, NYC

Fata, Aicon Gallery, NYC

Niqabi Virgin, WhiteBox Art Space, NYC

Ghost of Empire, Twelve Gates Art, Philadelphia

2015   Treasures of Love, Miami Art Basel, FL

Black and White, Place Pleiades Gallery, NYC

Swirl Bridge, United Nation, NYC

2014   Red Dot, Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL

Somewhere In Berlin, Wattis Gallery, San Francisco, CA

#DamnILookGood, Dumbo Art Festival, NYC

Just Politics, Con Artist Gallery, NYC

More to What Meets The Eyes, Con Artist Gallery, NYC

Love vs. Hate, DIFC, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Noun Al Neswa, Marsam Mattar Gallery, Dubai

2013   Sacred Sinister, United Nation, Auctioned by Christie’s, Dubai

Morphism of Love, Art Mora Gallery, NYC

Golden, Saffron Art Auction, NYC

Let it go, Leigh Wein Gallery, Chelsea NYC

Ego vs. Empathy, Governor Island Art Fair, NYC

Analysis of Love? Rush Art Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

Ego and I, Gallery Brooklyn, NYC

Modern Conflict, Art Dubai (Sikka), Dubai

Oscillating Reality, Green Point Gallery, NYC

Dream of Love, Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Abu Dhabi

East & West, SMV Gallery NY, NYC

Sublime Allegory, Time Square, NYC

2012   Small Works, Manhattan Borough President’s Office,NYC

Love & Ego, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC

Memories, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), GA

Contemporary Artist, US Consulate, Dubai, UAE

2010   Blue, Art Couture Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2009   Greed, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

2008   Passion, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan


2017   Boro Del Sol, Tuscany, Italy

2014   LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan

2013   Salima Khan Foundation, Lahore, Pakistan


Drawing & Painting. Bath University, UK

Painting. Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Atlanta, USA

Mixed Media, Painting & Composition, Sculpture. Art Student League of NYC, USA

MOMA NYC, Making the Invisible Visible: Learning from the Artist as Researcher

MOMA NYC From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art.

Arabic Calligraphy, Print Making & Welding workshops. Tashkeel, Dubai, UAE

Painting. Miami Art Center, FL, USA