Baseera Khan is a New York-based artist who sublimates colonial histories through performance and sculpture in order to map geographies of the future. Khan is working on her first for-profit solo exhibition at Simone Subal, New York (forthcoming) and has exhibited work at Jenkins Johnson Projects (2019), Sculpture Center (2018), Aspen Museum (2017), Participant Inc. (2017), Moudy Gallery at Texas Christian University (2017), Fine Arts Center of Colorado College (2018), and has performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Art POP Montreal International Music Festival (2017). Khan was an artist in residence at Pioneer Works (2018-19) and Abrons Art Center (2016-17), was an International Travel Fellow to Jerusalem/ Ramallah through Apexart (2015), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014). Last year Khan was a recipient of grants by both NYSCA/NYFA and Art Matters. Her work was recently acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim permanent collections. She is published in Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, OSMOS Magazine, unbag, Brooklyn Rail, and TDR Drama Review. She received an M.F.A. from Cornell University (2012) and a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas (2005).
I am a New York-based artist who combines distinct and often mutually exclusive cultural references to explore the conditions of alienation, displacement, assimilation, and fluidity that produce a collaged identity. Bodies are constantly subject to volatile social environments, especially within capitalist-driven societies such as the United States. Over time, to counterpoise this subjectivity, I began to self-censor and develop secretive environments of sanctuary in my life and work. Living between the realms of surveillance and otherness results in a suspension between exile and kinship central to my practice. These life lessons transform into motives of obscurity that lead me to a careful deployment of material and linguistic shifts. The use of fashion, photography, textiles and music, sculpture and performance manifest my native-born femme Muslim American experience, a legacy for my aesthetic concealment.