For her first solo exhibition at PAPER, Ali highlights an issue affecting Muslim creatives. As an artist attending gallery previews and seldom offered anything more than water, Ali meditates on this seemingly flippant form of exclusion. A simple matter of being overlooked whilst others indulge in wine is something Ali has attempted to come to terms with until now. She discusses to what extent this “innocent” marginalisation will continue and invites contemplation of deeper underlying issues. Ali brings together a series of photographic prints taken on preview nights, capturing moments of feeling side-lined and developing an exquisite print diary of her documentation.
About Lubna Ali
Lubna Ali’s practice draws upon her Islamic heritage and explores her sense of self as a British Muslim. She uses her knowledge of traditional Islamic geometry and combines it with her interest of minimalist art to create works on paper. Her work represents spirituality and sacredness through the repetition of patterns as this brings forward the concept of unity and devoutness in the Islamic culture. She aims to refresh the current narrative of British Muslim identity by openly discussing the issues affecting the Muslim community. Ali’s practice is primarily print based.
Lubna Ali is a Manchester based artist. She achieved a BA Hons degree in Visual Arts from the University of Salford in 2017, winning a graduate scholarship and a studio at Hot Bed Press. Since then, she has exhibited at the New Adelphi Gallery, PS Mirabel, GK gallery, Salford Museum and Art gallery, and has work in the collection of Torino Graphic Days as part of the international festival in Turin, Italy. She undertook a 6-month residency at The Whitworth Art Gallery where she curated and exhibited in a group exhibition, ‘After Twilight’. She is also founder and member of the print collective Rhubarb & Custard.