Anila Quayyum Agha: To Transpose Light

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Jun 23 2023 - Sep 24 2023

Anila Quayyum Agha is a Pakistani-American artist best known for her large-scale installations of elaborate, laser cut cubes. Suspended from above as though floating, and lit from within, the cubes cast lace-like, floor-to-ceiling shadows that completely transform the surrounding environment, flooding the space with allusions to the sacred geometric designs that developed across cultures and religions – especially those found in Islamic tradition and the richly ornamented public spaces, like Mosques, where Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore, Pakistan. 

Agha also creates wall-mounted sculptural works and drawings in which she employs embroidery, beads, and light to transcend the flat, two-dimensional plane on which she works.​

Anila Quayyum Agha: To Transpose Light is organized by the Mennello Museum of American Art and curated by Katherine Page, Curator of Art and Education, Mennello Museum of American Art.

Credit: Overview from museum website

Image: Anila Quyyum Agha, Crossing Boundaries (Black Cube), 2017, Laser-cut red lacquered steel and halogen bulb, 48 x 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Artist.

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