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Seher Shah’s works integrate principles of architectural modernism and an artistic sensibility, reflecting her academic background in Fine Arts and Architecture. Shah’s largely monochromatic drawings, prints and photographs reveal a sense of play with the block-like, linear forms of Brutalist architecture, a movement that emerged from modernism and flourished around the world from the 1950s through the 1970s.
In her “Object Anxiety” (2011) and “Radiant Lines” (2012) series, Shah deconstructs the authoritarian qualities of Brutalism by breaking down structures into their constituent parts. In this way, once-oppressive forms become delicate abstractions. Beyond her interest in representing and interpreting architectural modernism, Shah’s artistic practice integrates different architectural, historical and personal iconographies; for example, the series “Paper to Monument” (2010) combines official histories with her personal recollections of the various cities and cultures in which she has lived.