Hangama Amiri’s [b. 1989, Peshawar, Pakistan. Lives and works in New Haven, CT] practice spans drawing, printmaking, and painting with an emphasis on textiles for the medium’s ability to evoke the fragmentation of childhood memory and the mutability of home, place, and identity. She draws on her memories of pre-Taliban Afghanistan and her experiences as a refugee to examine how gender, social norms, and geopolitical conflict shape the lives of Afgan women.
Amiri received a BFA in 2005 from Olimov College in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. After settling in Canada with her family, she earned a second BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art in 2012 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, New Haven in 2020. She has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Toronto Arts Council in 2017 and a Canada Fulbright grant in 2015. Her work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Nova Scotia Art Bank, among others. She will have her first solo show in New York, Wandering Amidst the Colors, at albertz benda, opening April 1, 2021. Other recent exhibitions include Spectators of a New Dawn at Towards Gallery, Toronto CA and Bazaar, A Recollection of Home at T293 Gallery in Rome, IT.