Photograph courtesy: Hammas Wali

Photograph courtesy: Hammas Wali

Abdullah Qureshi is a Pakistani born artist, educator, and cultural producer. Within his practice, he is interested in using painting and collaborative methodologies to address personal histories, traumatic pasts, and childhood memories. His on-going doctoral project, Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias, examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim migratory contexts. In 2017, Qureshi received the Art and International Cooperation fellowship at Zurich University of the Arts, and in 2018, a research fellowship at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Boston. His work is currently supported by Kone Foundation, Finland.

EDUCATION

Doctor of Arts, Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Espoo, 2017 - present; Visiting Graduate Student, Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto, Fall 2019
MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, London, 2010 - 2011
BA (Honors) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, London, 2007 - 2010

WORK EXPERIENCE

Thesis Advisor (MA CUMMA student: Dahlia El Broul), Aalto University, Espoo, 2017 - 2018
Tutor, Thesis Seminar (MA CUMMA), Aalto University, Espoo, 2017 - 2018
Visiting Faculty, Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design; National College of Arts, Lahore, 2012 - 2017
Senior Consultant Arts Projects and Partnerships, British Council Pakistan, 2013 - 2016
Founder, Gallery 39K, Lahore, 2007 - 2016

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Darkrooms: retracing childhood memories, Third Space, Helsinki, 2018
Insta Loves II, Satrang Art Gallery, Islamabad, 2017
The story of myself…,Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore, 2017
Untitled, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, 2016
The Exalted State, VM Art Gallery, Karachi, 2014
Wandering Forms, curated by Aasim Akhtar, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore Arts Council, Lahore; The Potohar Gallery, National College of Arts, Rawalpindi, 2013

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

Selfie, COMO Museum of Art, Lahore, 2019
Constellations Eek’o’ob CAD+SR Merida
, curated by Dalida María Benfield and Raúl Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet, El Caimito, Merida, 2019
The Perfect Gentleman,
curated by Zahra Khan, Rossi & Rossi, London, 2018/2019
At midnight there was no border, Uqbar, Berlin 2018
Unruly Politics,Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia, 2018
The Third Muslim, co-curated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Yas Ahmed, SOMA Arts Center, San Francisco, 2018
Of Other Spaces, curated by Natasha Malik, Independent Project, Lahore, 2017
UglyPretty, curated by Aziz Sohail, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore, 2017
Configurations, curated by Aasim Akhtar, Tanzaara Gallery, Islamabad, 2017
Open Field, National Gallery, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Islamabad, 2016
Dialogue: Abstraction, Art Chowk Gallery, Karachi, 2015
Size and scale are not the same…, Gallery of Light, DUCTAC, Dubai, 2014
Fresh, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, 2014
Unit 24 Gallery, London, 2012
New Arrangements, The Drawing Room Gallery, Lahore, 2012
Mile End Art Pavilion, Regents Canal Festival 2012, London, 2012

CURATED PROJECTS (selected)

Chapter 1: The Nightclub - commissioned by Publics as part of Today Is Our Tomorrow Festival, Helsinki, 2019
River in an ocean - a collateral event of Lahore Biennale 01, co-curated with Natasha Malik, Lahore, 2018
Land Pictures, solo exhibition of Ali Sultan, Gallery 39K, Lahore, 2016
Who Are You?, solo exhibition of Faseeh Saleem, Gallery 39K, Lahore, 2016
Is Saye Kay Parcham Talay, co-curated with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Lahore / Karachi, 2015 - 2016
The Shrine, solo exhibition of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Gallery 39K, Lahore, 2015
Narratives Untold, works of Muneeb Aaqib and Madiha Mehreen, Gallery 39K, Lahore, 2014
Memoirs of the Other, solo exhibition of Kristian Evju, Gallery 39K, Lahore, 2014
Dislocation, Exploration and Meaning, co-curated with Yolande Burgin, Gallery 39K, Lahore, 2009 

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

Archipelago: Map(s) of the Moving World, CAD+SR, Espoo, 2019
De Rerum Natura, CAD+SR, Spoleto, 2019
Common Places and Entanglements III, CAD+SR, Merida, 2019
Common Places and Entanglements II, CAD+SR, Spoleto, 2018
Research Fellowship, Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research (CAD+SR), Boston, 2018 - 2019
SDC Fellowship: Art and International Cooperation, artasfoundation / University of the Arts, Zurich, 2017 - 2018
VASL Artists’ Collective, Karachi, 2017

CONFERENCES, TALKS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Traversing Darkrooms: The Lure Of The Glory Hole, TQFF Symposium, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019 (forthcoming)
Conversation Lecture: Where Is The South Asian Artist in Europe? with Noor Bhangu, FAMU, Prague, 2019
Queer Notes on Art and Migration, Ateneum, Helsinki, 2019
Traversing darkrooms: the lure of the glory hole
, Sustainable Geography – Geographies of Sustainability, The 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting in Trondheim, Norway, 2019
Queer Dialogues, Sexuality Summer School, University of Manchester, Manchester, 2019
Meet Over Lunch, Residency Unlimited, New York, 2019
Studio Visitor, NARS Foundation, New York, 2019
Visiting Artist Lecture,
with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, University of California, Irvine, 2019
Artist Talk, OCAD University, Toronto, 2018
Artist Talk, National College of Arts, Lahore, 2018
Carnal Desires, ECSAS, Paris, 2018
Artistic Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in Muslim South Asia, LGBTIQ in Faith: situations, challenged, and opportunities, Ministry of Justice Finland, Helsinki, 2018
Art Speak: a conversation with Gridthiya Gaweewong, Lahore Biennale 01, Lahore, 2018
The (Queer) Struggle of Pakistan, 5th ABR&AR Conference, Tate, Liverpool, 2018
Queer Investigations, Pakistan, ICRA 2017, Amsterdam, 2017
Drone Vision, Roundtable Discussion, University of Gothenburg, 2017 - documentation presented at Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg; National College of Arts, Lahore; Pierides Foundation, Nicosia, 2018
Challenging Islamophobia: Queer Politics, Painting and Pakistan, Valand Academy, Gothenburg, 2017
Pakistan, India and Bangladesh: narratives of partition, Manchester Museum, 2015
Art Beyond Borders, Khayal Creative Network, Lahore, 2015
Living as a Minority, Muslim Jewish Conference, Berlin, 2015
In conversation with Irfan Hassan, Saba Khan, and Mehreen Murtaza, Books n' Beans, Lahore, 2015
The Traumatic Past, Fifth International THAAP Conference, Lahore, 2014
The Power and Limits of Art and Writing on Art, Khayal Creative Network, Lahore, 2013
The Space of the Mughal Miniature, Fifth International THAAP Conference, Lahore, 2013

GRANTS

Incentive Scholarship, Aalto University, Espoo, 2019
Department of Art Grant, Aalto University, Espoo, 2019
Three-year grant supporting doctoral project, Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias through Contemporary Art’, Kone Foundation, Helsinki, 2018
Department of Art Grant, Aalto University, Espoo, 2018

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Imago Mundi, Lucianno Benetton Collection
Nishat Hotels, Lahore
The International School of Choueifat, Lahore