Anila Quayyum Agha - Hidden Diamond - Saffron
1. A presentation of Hidden Diamond - Saffron (2019), a large scale light installation by Anila Quayyum Agha
2. The U.S.-based artist is best known for her immersive, large-scale cubes, which she fabricates out of laser-cut metal
In her multi-disciplinary practice, Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha examines issues of global politics, cultural identity, mass media and gender roles. Her work is conceptually challenging, weaving together thought, artistic action and social experience.
The U.S.-based artist is best known for her immersive, large-scale cubes, which she fabricates out of laser-cut metal. The intricate designs reference the complex geometric configurations that define much of traditional Islamic art, which forbids figurative imagery. When suspended and lit from within, the cubes cast mesmerizing floor-to-ceiling shadows that transform the surrounding environment, evoking the richly ornamented public spaces and mosques Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore.
One of Agha’s illuminated cubes is on view at the Cincinnati Museum of Art through May 30, 2021.
Anila Quayyum Agha has exhibited her work widely, including at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Kansas City Biennale Open Spaces, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, and the National Museum of Sculpture, Valladolid, Spain, among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Schiele Prize and Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize.