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Farina Alam is a British-Pakistani artist, born 1971 in Karachi Pakistan, currently based in London. She studied at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in Karachi and earned a postgraduate degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL London. Farina Alam’s style is recognizable through her ink and nib drawings.

The Contemporary history of Pakistan at the core of her work

Alam’s earliest memories of riots in Karachi laid the foundations for her drawings.  In 1970’s the recently created nation of Pakistan was at a crossroads of active resistance to Western culture through an Islamic identity. Imposition of women’s head dress; sanctions on artistic freedom; proliferation of religious schools (madrassas); the emerging black market on foreign books, films, and prohibition on night clubs and alcohol, cast Karachi in a different light from her parents’ youth. The clash of cultures set the stage for her art.

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Representing her Cultural Identity

Alam is both inspired by the bold graphic mark making in South Asian tribal art and the intricacy of miniature painting tradition. In past drawing series, she used colour as a decorative and symbolic device to associate with gender and religious identity. From a South Asian cultural perspective, colour is ever present to mark seasons; celebrations as well as communities and is a visual device that she uses in her work.

Nationally Recognised Artist

Farina Alam has established her presence in the UK through her extensive participation in exhibitions such as The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Christie’s fine art print fair “Multiplied,” Asia House London, London Print Studio and the John Martin Gallery London. Already exhibiting in her home country of Pakistan, she has taken the next step to reach international status.

 

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My Kolachi 2015

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Transcendant 2017

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Sona Goddess

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Credentials

Group exhibitions

  • 2017
    Jerwood Drawing Prize 16. / Turnpike Gallery – Leigh, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    Jerwood Drawing Prize 16. / The Gallery Bournemouth – Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Jerwood Drawing Prize 16. / Jerwood Space – London, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Jerwood Drawing Prize 16. / Edge Gallery Bath – Bath, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    Multiplied / Christie’s Auction House – London, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    Multiplied / Christie’s Auction House – London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Multiplied / Christie’s Auction House – London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Multiplied / Christie’s Auction House – London, United Kingdom
  • 2013
    Way back home / Unicorn Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2012
    Mein / Koel Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2012
    Summerscape / Koel Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2011
    ARTE FIERA / John Martin Gallery – Bologna, Italy
  • 2011
    ARTE FIERA / John Martin Gallery – Bologna, Italy
  • 2010
    Art Athina / John Martin Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2010
    Art Athina / John Martin Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2010
    Summer Show / John Martin Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2010
    Cabinet / John Martin Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2008
    Exhibition individuel / John Martin Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 2007
    Exhibition individuel / Alexia Goethe Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • 1998
    Exhibition individuel / Rohtas Gallery – Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 1996
    Seven Women Artists / Frere Hall Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan

Solo exhibitions

  • 2015
    Exhibition individuel / Ruth Willmott Associates – London, United Kingdom
  • 2015
    My Kolachi / Asia House – London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
    Summer Show / London Print Studio – London, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    Naqsha / Gallery Koel – Karachi, United Kingdom

Publications

  • 2016
    Oxford University Press– 3 MAGIC KEYS
  • 2003
    British Council News– A Way of Seeing

Residency

  • 2003
    Printmaking residency Dogliani Italy - Torino, Italy
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