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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Takhti from Kabul, 10.08.2020 (From the Blood Book), Ink on Majher Paath Fabric, 60 cm x 44 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Shahkaar E Zan, 20.02.2020 (From the Blood Book), Ink on Majher Paath,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Haya, 10.08.2020 (From the Blood Book), Flower Dye paste and Ink on Majher Paath fabric, 45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

April 28th - Takhti aur Kursi ki baat, Ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

40 cm x 45 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

An Nisa, Natural colour on muslin cloth, 93 cm x 93 cm, 2019

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

April 3rd - April is the Cruelest month, Ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

40 cm x 45 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

An Nisa, Natural colour on Muslin cloth and thread, 203 cm x 115 cm, 2019

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

An Nisa, Natural Colour on muslin cloth, 152.5 cm x 119 cm, 2019

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 13th - Siyaah Siyaahi, Flower dye paste, Fullers earth and ink on Majher Paath, 38 cm x 30 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

47 days, 08.06.2020 (From the Blood Book), Fullers Earth, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath fabric, 39.5 cm x 30 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 5th - Ek Sawal, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 7th - Ek Baat!, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 8th - 180 Din, Fullers earth and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 8th - Nai Khabar, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 18th - Raag-Bhairav, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 19th - Khwaab, Flower dye paste, Fullers earth and ink on Majher Paath Fabric, 45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Paanch Patti Ka Ghulab Aur Mumtaz Mahal, 11.08.2020 (From the Blood Book), Ink on Majher Paath Fabric, 45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai’s works are deeply connected to the experiences of women that rarely find a voice and are subdued under societal and political pressures or are bound within religious orthodoxies. Her works, though narrate a personal experience, are inspired by a much larger community of women who have been marginalized in history. Working within a disciplined studio practice and through collaborative community projects such as Lihaaf (Quilt), Arshi has struck a powerful chord with contemporary feminist art theory.

Her prolific art practice finds its foundation on the muslin cloth, a medium that is used to learn the art of stitching by the rafoogars (quilters) of Najibabad. Surrounded by a large community of women who share their embroidery over songs, compassion and sisterhood, it was only natural for Arshi to turn to the cloth rather than canvas. These exchanges have led to large scrolls as well as smaller works, where she juxtaposes image and text to comment on women and their roles, their sexuality, their freedom and their desires- some in love and some victims to political terrorism. An avid reader of poetry and philosophy, she not only questions patriarchy, but demands that her voice is heard and accepted.

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art from the Aligarh Muslim University, 2011 and a Masters in Fine Art from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2013. Her recent exhibitions include ‘Seeds are being sown’ at Shrine Empire Gallery, 2020; The India Art Fair, 2020; ‘Out of your shadow’ by Blueprint12 at Gallery Espace, 2019 and a solo presentation at 1Shanthi Road Gallery in 2019. She is one of the recipients of the Five Million Incidents grant from the Goethe-Institut, New Delhi and the Inlaks Fine Arts Award in 2019. 

She lives between Kabul and New Delhi.

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai


Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Takhti from Kabul, 10.08.2020 (From the Blood Book), Ink on Majher Paath Fabric, 60 cm x 44 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Shahkaar E Zan, 20.02.2020 (From the Blood Book), Ink on Majher Paath,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Haya, 10.08.2020 (From the Blood Book), Flower Dye paste and Ink on Majher Paath fabric, 45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

April 28th - Takhti aur Kursi ki baat, Ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

40 cm x 45 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

An Nisa, Natural colour on muslin cloth, 93 cm x 93 cm, 2019

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

April 3rd - April is the Cruelest month, Ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

40 cm x 45 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

An Nisa, Natural colour on Muslin cloth and thread, 203 cm x 115 cm, 2019

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

An Nisa, Natural Colour on muslin cloth, 152.5 cm x 119 cm, 2019

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 13th - Siyaah Siyaahi, Flower dye paste, Fullers earth and ink on Majher Paath, 38 cm x 30 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

47 days, 08.06.2020 (From the Blood Book), Fullers Earth, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath fabric, 39.5 cm x 30 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 5th - Ek Sawal, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 7th - Ek Baat!, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 8th - 180 Din, Fullers earth and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 8th - Nai Khabar, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 18th - Raag-Bhairav, Flower dye paste and ink on Majher Paath Fabric,

45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

May 19th - Khwaab, Flower dye paste, Fullers earth and ink on Majher Paath Fabric, 45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai artist contemporary

Paanch Patti Ka Ghulab Aur Mumtaz Mahal, 11.08.2020 (From the Blood Book), Ink on Majher Paath Fabric, 45 cm x 40 cm, 2020

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai

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