Shaheer Zazai is a Toronto based artist with a BFA from OCAD University. His current studio practice is an inquest into understanding the effects of patriarchy on social/cultural development and evolution of cultural-identity. The content of his work is of historical events and/or historical figures presented in a semi-abstract composition. Informed by baroque portraiture and inspired by neoclassicism he paints his subjects framed reminiscent of tabloids and doctored propaganda.
Simultaneously Zazai's digital work is an exploration into understanding the effects of displacement, hybridization and appropriation as a result of technological advances. The digital works revolves around Microsoft Word and imagery drawn from traditional Afghan carpets. Through mimicking carpet-making methods, he creates his own designs in Microsoft Word, where every knot of a carpet is translated into a typed character. These Microsoft Word carpets serve as homage to the beauty of culture and tradition that has fallen victim to many turbulent political turmoil.
2014 Self Directed Residency