Moody Center for the Arts

Anila Quayyum Agha: Intersections

Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015 – Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

Image:  Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections (detail), 2013 6.5’ cube, laser-cut wood, black Lacquer, light bulb, cast shadows  46'x46’x16’ Photo: Michael Hoefle

Rice University Art Gallery presents Intersections, the 2014 ArtPrize award-winning installation by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha.

Agha uses light and cast shadow to transform the gallery into a place that alludes to Islamic sacred spaces dense with geometric ornamentation and pattern.

Intersections is inspired by Agha’s visit to the Alhambra, an Islamic palace originally built in 889 in Granada, Spain. Struck by the grandeur of the space, Agha reflected upon her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan where culture dictated that women were excluded from the mosque, a place of creativity and community, and instead prayed at home. Agha translates these contradictory feelings into Intersections, a contemplative space of her own making that is open to all.

Image: Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections (detail), 2013 6.5’ cube, laser-cut wood, black Lacquer, light bulb, cast shadows 46'x46’x16’ Photo: Michael Hoefle

About the Exhibition

About the Artist

Anila Quayyum Agha was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1965. She received her BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of North Texas in 2001. She has had solo exhibitions in the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan. Residencies and awards include the New Frontiers Exploratory Research Grant, Indiana University (2013); New Frontiers Travel Grants to Mazatlan, Mexico (2012), Spain (2011), and Pakistan (2010); and a Houston Center for Contemporary Craft residency (2005).

Intersections was awarded the Public Vote Grand Prize and split the Juried Grand Prize in a tie at the 2014 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Agha is currently an associate professor of drawing at the Herron School of Art & Design at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

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