Grant Summary
Artist Statement
I am a New York-based artist who sees bodies as constantly subject to volatile social environments globally and most notably within capitalist-driven societies such as the United States. Volatility creates a need for me to create self-censorship and secretive environments. My lived experience has me working against being surveillanced and othered, it internalizes these issues of exile and kinship that are shaped by economic, pop cultural, and social situations. These are lessons that turn into motives of obscurity and lead me to a careful deployment of material and linguistic shifts. The use of fashion, photography, textiles, music, sculpture, and performance manifest my native femme Muslim American experience, a legacy for my aesthetic concealment.
  • iamuslima Nike ID shoe 2018, Baseera Khan, 8.5 woman’s Nike customization tool. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

  • Purity 2018, Baseera Khan, Chromatic print, bangles, acrylic. Photo by Dario Lasagni.

  • Acoustic Sound Blanket 2017-18, Baseera Khan, 45 minute singing, movement, and comedy performance. Photo credit Filip Wolak.

  • Briadrage 2017-18, Baseera Khan, 45 minute climbing the corners of my body performance. Courtesy of the artist.