Baseera Khan is a New York-based artist who sees bodies as constantly subject to volatile social environments globally and most notably within capitalist-driven societies such as the United States. Volatility creates a need for Khan to self-censor and develop secretive environments. Living between surveilled and othered, she can find exile anywhere and kinship by its side. These life lessons transform into motives of obscurity that lead her to a careful deployment of material and linguistic shifts. The use of fashion, photography, textiles and music, sculpture and performance manifest Khan's native femme Muslim American experience, a legacy for her aesthetic concealment.
Khan is a New York-based artist whose work shares experiences of exile and kinship shaped by economic, pop cultural, and political situations. She mixes consumerism with spirituality and treats decolonial histories, practices, and archives as geographies of the future. Khan has installed work at Aspen Museum of Art, Sculpture Center’s In Practice: Another Echo exhibition (2018), Participant Inc's exhibition iamuslima (2017) that toured to Moudy Gallery at Texas Christian University (2017) and Fine Arts Center of Colorado College (2017-18). She performed at Whitney Museum of Art, Queens Museum, and ArtPop Montreal International Music Festival (2017). Khan was artist in residence at Pioneer Works (2018-19) and completed an artist in residence at Abrons Art Center (2016-17), International Travel Fellowship to Jerusalem/Ramallah through Apexart (2015), and Process Space artist in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2015). She is an alumni of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014) and is a recipient of NYSCA/NYFA (2018). She is published in Artforum Magazine, Art in America, Bomb Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Unbag, and TDR: The Drama Review. Khan received an M.F.A. at Cornell University (2012) and B.F.A. from the University of North Texas (2005), and is represented by Simone Subal Gallery. She is a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2019.