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Zahrah Ehsan

Zahrah Ehsan (b. 1988, in Dubai, UAE) is a visual artist and art educator from Lahore, Pakistan, and currently based in Espoo, Finland. In 2020, she completed a degree of Master of Arts in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Arts from Aalto University, Finland. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honours in 2012, with a concentration in Painting from the National College of Arts, Pakistan. Her practice is deeply experimental including scavenged materials from industry, popular culture, and utility incorporating it into her paintings, moving images/video-art and on-site installations, which is mostly a critique on the notions of gender, adaptation and identity, mental health, and types of artistic and everyday labour. As a trained painter, Zahrah finds painting certainly not restricted ideologically within its frame. It is not autonomous from the world it occupies, leading her to further branch out and investigate various methods of image-making with concepts of relational aesthetics, maintenance art, and performative narrativity.