Baseera Khan is a New York-based artist whose work shares experiences of exile and kinship shaped by economic, pop cultural, and political situations. She mixes consumerism with spirituality and treats decolonial histories, practices, and archives as geographies of the future. Khan exhibited work at Sculpture Center’s In Practice: Another Echo exhibition (2018), her first solo exhibition, iamuslima, was exhibited at Participant Inc (2017), and is currently on tour to Moudy Gallery at Texas Christian University (2017), and Fine Arts Museum of Colorado Springs (2017-18). She has performed at Whitney Museum of Art, Queens Museum, and ArtPop Montreal International Music Festival (2017). Khan will be an artist in resident at Pioneer Works for fall 2018-19. She completed an artist-in-residence program at Abrons Art Center (2016-17), was an International Travel Fellow to Jerusalem/Ramallah through Apexart, a Process Space artist-in-residence for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2015), and also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). She is published in Artforum Magazine, Art in America, Bomb Magazine, OSMOSMagazine, Unbag, and TDR Drama Review. She received an M.F.A. at Cornell University (2012) and B.F.A. from the University of North Texas (2005).
I work to visualize senses of exile and kinship shaped by economic, pop cultural, and social situations. Our bodies are subject to volatile social environments globally and most notably within capitalist-driven societies such as the United States. Volatility creates a need for self-censorship and secrecies among people who are othered and prone to surveillance. My art has internalized this lesson of obscurity and through a careful deployment of linguistic shifts, installation, and fashion as political mediums, I am making a legacy for aesthetic concealment. The use of textiles and music, sculpture and performance photography manifests my femme Muslim America experience.