ALHAMBRA NIGHTS

ARTIST: ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA
LOCATION: 1195 ELM ST
SPONSORED BY THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM

This pop-up exhibition, located on the second floor of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new Otto M. Budig Theater and installed by the Cincinnati Art Museum, features five laser-cut tetrahedrons lit from within to create an immersive installation. Light emanates from the center of each piece, creating shadows that intersect and overlap. The geometric and floral patterns of the works are inspired by Islamic architectural forms and reference the artist’s formative years in Pakistan, her recent travels to the Alhambra Palace in Spain, as well as her experience as a migrant living in the United States, away from her extended family and friends.

ABOUT ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA
Anila Quayyum Agha is a mixed media artist who works across disciplines to explore global politics and cultural norms. Agha trained at the renowned National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, and later moved to the US to complete her MFA in fiber arts at the University of North Texas in 2004. In 2008, Agha moved to Indianapolis, where she is currently the Associate Professor of Drawing at the Herron School of Art and Design. By incorporating her training in fiber arts in innovative ways, Agha investigates ideas of traditional craft and the domestic sphere to challenge entrenched gender stereotypes. She also explores cultural multiplicity and transnational migration through her awe-inspiring installations that transform even the grandest of gallery setting.