Artist Note

Mehreens creative process has involved an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objecthood by using an almost encyclopaedic approach and quasi-scientific precision. What emerges are coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to both revise and complement art historical as well as socio-political narratives. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, surprisingly analogies have emerged by reflecting on the closely related subjects of archive and memory. This has often resulted in an examination of both the human need for conclusive stories and the question of whether anecdotes fictionalise history. The constellation of themes that define Mehreens work at the moment are inspired by specific subcultures of science fiction such as magic realism, cyberpunk, and speculative fiction that act as a vehicle to engage real life experiences with innovative ways of exploring the intersections of identity and imagination.

Mehreen Murtaza completed her BFA with Honors from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore in May 2008; received a post graduate diploma in teaching from Beaconhouse National University in 2009. She has been a participant of the Home Workspace program led by Jalal Toufic and Anton Vidokle at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon.

Murtaza has received a fellowship for the residency and grant Follow Fluxus – After Fluxus 2015, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden. She has been selected as the Impakt Artist in Residence, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2014, the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, artist residency in collaboration with the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM Residence Program 2014), Japan, the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Arts Travel Scholarship at Generator Projects, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland, & London, UK, 2013 and Gasworks Residency funded by The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust – Rangoonwalla Foundation Award, UK, 2010.

She has also been invited to present her work at SITAC X (10th International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory), The Future: The Long Count Begins Again at the Teatro Julio Castillo, Centro Cultural del Bosques s/n, Mexico City, 2012.

Mehreen Murtaza is represented by Grey Noise, Dubai and Experimenter, Kolkata.

She is currently running and organizing an independent creative space/ experimental publishing house by the name of Mantiq of the Mantis in Lahore,Pakistan.


Online Publications

The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Now, Aug 2014.

Travis, Rebecca, They Used To Call it the Moon, this is tomorrow, Contemporary Art Magazine, June 2014.

Wolff, Rachel, Science Friction: Sci-fi Gets Real, ARTnews, May 2014.

6 Postinternet Artists You Should Know, Huffington Post Arts & Culture, May 2014.

Cheng, Susan, Raster Raster explores 11 artists thoughts on our Internet-based world, Complex, Style, News. Feb 2014.

Kay, Jean, Frieze London 2013 Reviewed, Creative Capital or Style and Subversion, AQNB, Oct 2013.

Rajgopal, Amrita, Frieze London 2013, Saffronart Blog, Oct 2013.

Top 10 Galleries at Londons Frieze Art Fair, Redesign Revolution, Art & Design, Oct 2013.

Cembalest, Robin, Ten Tough Women Artists Who Stand Up to the Bad Boys, ARTnews, Oct 2013.

Khanna, Rakesh, Cross Border Kathas, The Caravan, A Journal of Politics & Culture, Oct 2013.

Madhukalya, Amrita, A graphic novel on stories from the partition by artistes from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, DNA Lifestyle, Dec 2013.

Lord, Christopher, Mehreen Murtaza: reimagining the world in photos, UAE: The National, Arts & Culture, 10 Dec 2012.

Kalsi, Jyoti, Images dont always show the true picture, UAE: Gulf News, Weekend Review, 8 Nov 2012.

Lord, Christopher, What you see is not quite what you get at Grey Noises exhibition, UAE: The National, Arts & Cuture, 11 July 2012.

Whiles, Virginia, Mehreen Murtaza, Universes in Universe, Nafas Art Magazine, October 2011.

Sultan, Ali, Stages of Death, Encore, NOS, The News International, Pakistan, August 2011.

Wille, Simone, Art Dubai: Framing Politics with Art and Vica Versa, Nukta Art, Art Global, Cotemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2011.

Donley, Christine, Art Dubai in Depth: MARKER Projects, Writing and Photography, March 8, 2011.

Ghada Al Dabagh, Interview with Mehreen Murtaza, Grey Noise, Art Dubai Journal, March 1, 2011.

The Rising Tide, Nafas Art Magazine, in cooperation with Universes in Universe, 2011.

Donley, Christine, Art Dubai 2011: MARKER, Grey Noise & World Views, February 2011.

Husain, Rumana, The Art World Comes to Madinat: Art Dubai 2010, Nukta Art, Art Global, Cotemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, Volume 5, Issue 1, May 2010.

Takahashi, Kuni, The Rising Tide, Art & Design, The New York Times, n.d.

Fekri, Reem, Art Dubai Journal, Issue 2, April 2010.

Saleem, Fatima, Art Dubai Embraces All Styles, Gulf News, UAE General, 20 March 4, 2010.

Tripathi, Shailaja, Head Out Of The Mould, The Hindu, India, January 21, 2010.

Ginwala, Natasha, Resemble Reassemble: A Revolutionary Dispositif, Art Concerns, Feb.-March 2010.

Dar, Saira, Fresh Perspectives, Dawn, Art-Culture, Lahore Pakistan, Nov 2009.

Seth, Swapan, Art of the Matter, India Today, June 17, 2009.

Khan, Naiza, Reading Through the Lense of the Political: Contemporary Art in Pakistan, May Newsletter, Perspectives, Asia Art Archive, May 2009.

Maddox, Georgina, Out of the Box, Express India, October 01, 2008.

Jahagirdar-Saxena, Shraddha, Art is not Communal, DNA After Hrs. 28 Sep. 2008.

Grove,Valerie, Lets Talk, at the Jam Jar, December 01, 2008.

Grey Noise: the virtual art gallery: 11 artists to exhibit their work at Alhamra, Daily Times, 26 April 2008.

Motiroti, 360° 60 X 60secs, Nottingham Visual Arts, April 09, 2010.

13 Satellites, VASL, Annemarie Schimmel Haus (German Cultural Centre, Lahore), Aug 2006.

Coloring Outside The Lines, Khoj Residency, New Delhi, April 2005.


The 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2014, Fukuoka: Fukuoka Now, Sep 2014, p. 5, ill.

Pictures that paint a thousand words. Overseas, Quarterly Journal of the ROSL (Royal Overseas League), World, Focus, Issue 3, Sep-Nov 2014, pp. 8-9.

Gunn, Eileen, Brave New Words, Smithsonian Magazine, May 2014, pp. 34-37, ill.

Wolff, Rachel, Science Friction, ARTnews, March 2014, p. 64, ill.

Barber, Tiffany, Radical Presence / The Shadows Took Shape, Afterimage, the journal of media arts and cultural criticism, 41.4, January 2014, p. 22, ill.

Singh Soin, Hemali, Lines That Break Also Bind, Tehelka Magazine, Volume 10 Issue 38. Sep 2013.

Breese, Josephine, Interview, The Herald Annual, January 2013, pp. 127-129, ill.

Wille, Simone, Art Dubai: Framing Politics with Art and Vica Versa, Nukta Art, Art Global, Contemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2011.

Husain, Rumana, The Art World Comes to Madinat: Art Dubai 2010, Nukta Art, Art Global, Contemporary Art Magazine of Pakistan, Volume 5, Issue 1. May 2010.

Pal, Deepanjana, Drive Me Crazy, Time Out Mumbai. 05-18 February 2010,p. 80, ill.

Lord, Chris, Pakistani Art in Dubai: Between Black and White, Time Out Dubai, 40 Years Special Collectors’ Edition, Vol 8, Issue 40, October 2008, p.71.

Pal, Deepanjana, Graphic Detail: Mehreen Murtaza, Time Out Mumbai, Vol 5, Issue 8, 19 Sep-02 Oct 2008, p. 68.


Galleries might be young, but the art aint necessarily so,
London: The Art Newspaper, International Edition, Frieze Art Fair Weekend Edition, October 2013, p.2.

Abraham, Megha, Transit Hub of Promise, UAE: Gulf News Focus, Advertising Supplement, March 2012.

Canvas Daily, Going Solo, UAE: Canvas Daily, Art Dubai Edition, Issue 4,March 2012, p.14.

Excavating the Past, Illuminating the Present, UAE: Canvas

Daily, Art Dubai Edition, Issue 3. March 2012, p.10.

Ansari, Saira, A Brief History of Now, UAE: Khaleej Times, UAE, Dubai, August 2011, p.19.

Sultan, Ali, Stages of Death, Pakistan: Encore, NOS, The News International, Pakistan, August, 2011.

Samuel, Steven Suchitra, Futuristic Art, UAE: Khaleej Times, UAE, Dubai, March 2011, p.8.

The International Herald Tribune, Pakistan, Vol 42, Issue No. 12, Dec 2010.

Ashfaque, Rabia, Museum moves aside to let new history be made, The Express Tribune with The International Herald Tribune, Pakistan, Oct. 2010.

Freshmen on the Art Dubai Floor, UAE: Canvas Daily, Art Dubai Edition, Issue 1, March 2010, p.14.

Ajmera, Ankit, Artistic Machines, Bombay, India: DNA, 08 Feb, 2010.

Dar, Saira, Fresh Perspectives, Dawn, Art-Culture, Lahore Pakistan. Nov. 2009.

Journey Into Mediums, The News International, Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 2009.

Zahid, Muniza, From An Artistic Eye, The News, Jang, Lahore, Pakistan, Oct 2009.

Maddox, Georgina, The New Chelsea, In the (Talk) News, Delhi, India, Oct 2008, p.9.

Dua, Aarti, Art Across Borders, Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, June 2008, p.12.

Dar, Saira, Thesis Show Manifests BNUs Liberal Approach, Dawn, Metropolitan, Lahore Pakistan, May 2008.

Kamal, M. Hassan, Indian Art Needs Organization, Communique, Asian Age, India, Sep 30 2008.

Books & Catalogues

Murtaza, Mehreen, FT5: The Visual Guide Book, Panorama of the Next World, Breaking out into the Future, Fukuoka: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, 2014, p. 42. ill. (exh. cat.)

Raster Raster, LA: Aran Cravey, 2014, pp. (exh. cat.)

Frieze Art Fair, London: Frieze, 2014 (exh. cat.)

Whitley, Zoe, (ed.), The Place Is Space; The Shadows Took Shape, NY: The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 2013, pp. 10-11, 66-67, ill. (exh. cat.)

Raqs Media Collective, Sarda, Shveta (ed.), Sarai Reader 09: Projections, Section 6, Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 2013, pp. 298-306. (

Rana, Rashid (ed.), Extra | Ordinary, 37 Do-It-Yourself Art Ideas for Free, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Nov 2013, p. 26, ill. (exh. cat.)

Ghoshal, Somak (ed.), Score For A Film, Experimenter Contemporary Art 2012-2013, Kolkata, 2013, pp.106-117, ill. (

Becker, Kathrin, Manina, Tatiana (ed.), Under A Tinsel Sun, 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow: Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA), New Art Foundation, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), 2012, pp. 120-121, ill. (exh. cat.)

Experimenter Contemporary Art 2011-2012, Kolkata, 2012, pp. 86-94, ill. (

Khan, Naveeda, Muslim Becoming: Aspiration and Skepticism in Pakistan, Durham &London: Duke University Press, 2012, title image, Metronomic Rendition, slide no. 9 (series of 32), 2009

Sohbet: Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture, Artist Project, Mehreen Murtaza, Issue 3, 2012, p.162, ill.

Ghoshal, Somak (ed.), Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe? Experimenter Contemporary Art 2010-2011, Kolkata, 2011, pp. 6-17, ill. (

Khan,H.Naiza, The Rising Tide, New Directions in Art from Pakistan 1990-2010,Karachi: Mohatta Palace Museum, 2010, pp. 10,11,121-123,180, ill. (

Solanki, Veeranganakumari, Contemporary Aesthetic, Emerging Asian Artists, Gwangju Biennale Press, 2010, pp. 54,180-181, ill. (

Granta 112, High Noon (III): a visual essay in collaboration with Green Cardamom,Pakistan, 2010, ill.

Rana, Rashid (ed.), Resemble Reassemble, New Delhi: Devi Art Foundation, 2010, ill. (

Playground, Al-Hamra Art Gallery, Lahore: Beaconhouse National University, 2009, ill. (

Mermoz, Gérard (ed.), Through Other Eyes, Contemporary Art from South Asia: A Polylogue, Jordan Well, Coventry, UK: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, 2009, ill. (

Mermoz, Gérard (ed.), Parallel Lines: Contemporary Art from Lahore, Pakistan, Bradford, UK: Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, 2009, ill. (

Akhtar, Asim (ed.), 26.04.08: Grey Noise Launch Exhibition, Lahore: Al-Hamra Art Gallery, 2008, p. ill. (

Beaconhouse National University, Bachelors in Fine Art Degree Show, Lahore; Al-Hamra Art Gallery, 2008, ill. (