Masterpiece Presents 2022 | Anila Quayyum Agha

Masterpiece Presents 2022 featured two monumental light installations by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha, represented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery. The artist is known for her award-winning, immersive light installations, and has been the subject of three solo museum shows in the past year.

For this special Masterpiece presentation, Agha has created an illuminated cube, fabricated from laser-cut steel into which she cuts elaborate patterns. Suspended and lit from within, the work casts lace-like floor-to-ceiling shadows that completely transform the surrounding environment, alluding to the richly ornamented public spaces such as mosques that Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore. Agha’s second installation, This is NOT a Refuge II, explores the loss of family and home that stems from displacement and resettlement.

Listen to the artist's talk at Masterpiece 2022 here.

Discover the works of previous Masterpiece Presents artists:
Masterpiece Presents 2019 | Phyllida Barlow
Masterpiece Presents 2018 | Marina Abramović
Masterpiece Presents 2017 | Iván Navarro

Anila Quayyum Agha, All the Flowers Are For Me, 2017, lacquered steel and halogen bulb, 60 x 60 x 60 inches, on view now at the Columbia Museum of Art. Photo: Drew Baron, Columbia Museum.
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