Painting (Major)

Baseera Khan


Baseera Khan is a New York-based performance, sculpture, and installation artist who makes work to discuss materials and their economies, the effects of this relationship to labor, family structures, religion, and spiritual well being.

“I make work to discuss materials and their economies, the effects of this relationship to labor, to family structures, religion, or spirituality, to reveal the intersections of power and culture. This dichotomy holds history and I like to disrupt their inherited visual legacies through body performances, collage, and installation. Making layers in my work that fit besides, on top, in between, and underneath creates numerous projects that evoke senses of living under surveillance, finding desire, living between the mental state of exile and kinship. I generate installations of concealment, momentary reflections, and sanctuary. My life's work is dedicated to the development of my own legacy, on my own terms, with the use of fashion, photography, textiles and music, parody, sculpture and performance, I manifest my femme native-born Muslim American experience.”

Khan is currently working on a public art commission on The High Line for fall 2023. Khan mounted their first museum solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (2021-22), and opened their first solo touring exhibition in Houston, Texas at Moody Arts Center for the Arts, Rice University (2022-2023). Khan has representation at Simone Subal Gallery, New York where they mounted their first solo exhibition called Snake Skin (2019). They have exhibited in numerous locations such as Wexner Center for the Arts (2021), New Orleans Museum of Art (2020), and Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. Khan's performance work has premiered at several locations including Brooklyn Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Art POP Montreal International Music Festival.

 Khan is an adjunct professor of sculpture, performance, and critical theory, and received an M.F.A. from Cornell University (2012) and a B.F.A. from the University of North Texas (2005).