She lives and works in Tokyo. She completed an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London (2015) for which she was awarded the Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship and a BFA in Miniature Painting from National College of Arts, Lahore (2012). Selected recent solo exhibitions: A Mute Land, Display Gallery, London (2016), A Seed Once Planted, Asia House, London, (2016). She received a special commendation by the Denton's Art Prize committee (2017). Ahmed’s research is based on the discourse surrounding the identity of self in consequence of the other, questioning the formation of collective narratives that stem from gender, race and religious beliefs. She builds fictional spaces that are reminiscent of nature to probe a conversation on presumed truths.
Artist Statement
A delivery of anonymous flowers is part of an ongoing research towards understanding the relationship between self and the other. In this installation Ahmed aims to present her work unhindered and unrestrained by a framework which in turn would allow the work to become one with its surroundings. The installation consists of over four thousand fragile handmade boxes placed in pile. Her intent is the communicate the insecure nature of the self when exposed to the other. She places the responsibility on the audience to create their own boundary between themselves and the work. Showing work in a place with such tremendous historical significance, the artist pays homage to the vast collection that inhabits the Fakir Khana Museum.
Maha Ahmed
A Delivery Of Anonymous Flowers, 2016
Paper and adhesive
Dimensions variable