Qasim Riza Shaheen

Qasim Riza Shaheen

Qasim Riza Shaheen (born 1971) is a British artist and writer based in Manchester. Working across participatory performance, installation, film and photography, Shaheen's practice explores memory, notions of beauty, sexuality, love and, more broadly, fundamental concerns about human nature.

"In films, video performances, photographs and mixed-media drawings, Qasim Riza Shaheen presents his affecting reflections on love and loss...For him, self-portraiture is more a matter of imaginative self-creation than any pretence of authentic self-definition...His enactments of queer romance, straight social alienation, and the universal melodramas of unrequited desire are choreographed with painful sensitivity."

Shaheen's series of photographs with accompanying captions was shown in Twelve Gates group show Text Embodied in May 2013. The photographs described as self-portraits are, in fact, little swan songs or self-elegies, but the realization of what they are does not dawn on a viewer until the entire work has been seen and seen again. His solo show “In a world where there are five women I am the seventh” was on view at Twelve Gates Arts in May 2012. Qasim Riza Shaheen's performance work titled Misplaced Memoirs was part of Twelve Gates Arts' performance art biennial pilot program perform[art]ive in Philadelphia in 2015.