Zahrah Ehsan is a visual artist from Lahore, Pakistan and is currently doing her MA in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Arts from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She received her BFA with Honours in 2012, with a concentration in Painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore. Her training at NCA has allowed her to expand the boundaries of her practice through experimentation in Painting, installation photography and performance. She has furthered her practice by exhibiting in galleries across Pakistan and internationally, as well as participating in an international residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. Zahrah returned to her alma mater after graduation, where she designed and taught a number of studio and theory based courses including Painting and Drawing, Fine Art Seminar.
My practice is deeply engaged in inviting critical discourse on topics of gendered body, artistic labour, identity, and mental health, guiding through an empirical trip of a dreamy, melancholic, but humorous inquiry. My paintings, sculptures, videos and on-site installation works, like a palliative remedy, are an immediate response to unresolved and unresolvable internal struggles. A struggle, that also serves as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for always questioning, rather than just carelessly consuming, what is currently on offer.