Profile: Anila Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha was born in Pakistan but currently lives in the U.S. Agha works in a cross disciplinary fashion with mixed media; creating artwork that explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles in our current cultural and global scenario. As a result her artwork is theoretically challenging, producing complicated weaves of thought, artistic action and social experience. Murmuration+II.jpeg

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My favourite piece is Anila’s installation entitled, “intersections”  which is inspired by the vast patterns found within mosques. She believes that mosques could offer a public space to enhance creativity for woman, but due to culture, woman are restricted. Taking the world of creativity that had been snatched away from her, she formed this piece.

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The shadows change the environment into a mosque like space, which encompasses the whole room. The object is made from wood and the patterns were cut using a laser cutter. Agha uses a strong 600watt light to create sharp shadows. I liked how a small object had such a grand presence.

She is able to recreate the architectural space of a mosque by using vast shadows. This way all beings are able to experience the inspiring creativity. The light “tatooes” shadows onto bodies, to engulf the viewer.Screen Shot 2017-01-06 at 13.57.36.png

Here is the link to her website.

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