Zahra Jewanjee’s practice examines various inter-connected subject matters: subcultural spaces, the behavior of crowds, micro/macro, territories and systems within systems which are both singular and multiplied, individual and collective, considered by similarity or difference. Existential questions and binary relationships are the philosophical and conceptual rationale for her studio practice. She is fascinated with ancient Eastern Sufi beliefs and scientific processes, creating a visual vocabulary that not only provokes a visceral experience but also incites precognition. Often fluctuating between abstraction and surrealism, she paints portals of time, alluding to magical realism, that function as escape routes from ubiquity, leading the viewer to the sublime.
Zahra is an artist and educator living and working in the UAE. She received her BFA from the National College of Arts and MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a recipient of the Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship, Abu Dhabi. Zahra’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally and was also featured as part of the Venice Architecture Biennial, RISD NatureLab, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, MAS Context Chicago, and Guernica Magazine.