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Qasim Riza Shaheen

The last known pose

Together with Manchester’s Cornerhouse, mac birmingham is delighted to present this unique exhibition of the work of artist and writer Qasim Riza Shaheen. Shown in two halves across two venues, the exhibition brings together a number of new commissions, and revisits work spanning the artist’s twenty year practice. Both in Birmingham and Manchester, it explores his persisting interest in the city, identity, relationships and those often fleeting moments of intimacy and awkwardness.

Shaheen’s work has at its heart a simple and innate curiosity in those human characteristics which, in one way or another, touch us all - beauty, religion, gender and love, the gaze and the guise. The last known pose – the Birmingham half of the exhibition – builds upon his 2010 residency at mac and his fascination with the role of the artist as author, object and protagonist.

The other half of this exhibition, Auto-portraits in love-like conditions, takes place at Cornerhouse, 6 September – 2 November 2014.

Curated by Craig Ashley, Visual Arts Producer at mac birmingham and Sarah Perks, Artistic Director of Visual Art and Film at Cornerhouse.


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