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Nusra Latif Qureshi

A person stands on the shoulders of another person who balances on two small objects on a chair. A blood-spattered animal lies nearby

Nusra Latif Qureshi On the edges of darkness II 2016, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Nusra Latif Qureshi

Reflect on history within the beguiling depths of Nusra Latif Qureshi’s miniature paintings

Nusra Latif Qureshi

9 November 2024 – 9 February 2025

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Naala Nura, our south building

Lower level 2


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This is the first major solo exhibition of Melbourne-based artist Nusra Latif Qureshi, who is best known for her finely crafted contemporary miniature paintings.

Drawing on both historical and contemporary references, Qureshi works in the space between tradition and experimentation, in a practice that extends to collage and photography. Born in Pakistan, she trained at the National College of Arts in Lahore, where she learnt the painting traditions that had been brought to the Mughal courts from Persia in the 16th century and developed in the region.

This exhibition traces Qureshi’s 30-year career from her early paintings in Lahore, in which she began to reimagine traditional forms, to their zenith beyond the page and into 3D sculpture with a new commissioned installation. It includes the subtle yet powerful suite of paintings for which Qureshi received the Bulgari Art Prize in 2019, which speak to her experience of moving to Australia in 2001 and offer a window into the rich and complex history of Pakistan while bearing witness to the conflicts and consequences of colonialism.

At once beautiful and challenging, Qureshi’s works bear witness to the indelible presence of history and the persistence of trauma, dislocation and loss, coupled with the uncertainties of love. In her meticulously painted vignettes, lonely female figures frequently float among fields of colour, paradoxically inscribed on the page and yet yearning for freedom.

Featuring local and international contributors, the publication that accompanies this exhibition offers a comprehensive exploration of Qureshi’s process, inspirations and significance in contemporary Australian art.

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