Approved: 07.07.2017

Muna Zuberi

Artist, Maker

Approved: 07.07.2017

Recently my artistic practice has undergone a noticeable shift towards addressing political themes, a response to the growing polarisation on both national and international fronts. One of my focal points has been an exploration of the #metoo movement, which gained prominence amidst the heightened reporting of violence against women during the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. This subject, though challenging, has prompted deep reflection on the status of women in society and the roles they are traditionally assigned.

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    Artist Statement

    Recently my artistic practice has undergone a noticeable shift towards addressing political themes, a response to the growing polarisation on both national and international fronts. One of my focal points has been an exploration of the #metoo movement, which gained prominence amidst the heightened reporting of violence against women during the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. This subject, though challenging, has prompted deep reflection on the status of women in society and the roles they are traditionally assigned.

    Simultaneously, my artistic inquiries have led me to delve into the critical issues surrounding refugees and migration, especially in how these subjects are portrayed in the media. The contrasting treatment of refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine and those arriving from other regions has been starkly evident. Consequently, I have embarked on creating artwork that scrutinizes the journeys of refugees and examines the role of journalistic reporting and media opinions in shaping public perception.

    My overarching interest in identity and the associated 'labelling' stems from my personal background as a 'mixed race' individual with an immigrant parent. Notably, I was advised a few years ago to use the term 'mixed heritage' instead of 'mixed race,' which prompted me to question who has the authority to dictate what terminology I should employ to describe myself. This introspection extends to various aspects of life, where individuals are often categorized and labeled – whether as wives, mothers, breadwinners, spinsters, weak, strong, middle-aged, old, ugly, pretty, handsome, refugees, migrants, and more. It raises the fundamental query of whether these labels genuinely define who we are.

    I believe we are all so much more than the labels assigned to us; we are simultaneously unique and interconnected by our shared biological origins. Our multifaceted identities go far beyond these simplistic classifications and I want to break down the stereotypes these labels encourage.

    I became a fellow at Digswell Arts in Letchworth Garden City in October 2019.

    CV & Education

    Statement

    Recently my artistic practice has undergone a noticeable shift towards addressing political themes, a response to the growing polarisation on both national and international fronts. One of my focal points has been an exploration of the #metoo movement, which gained prominence amidst the heightened reporting of violence against women during the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. This subject, though challenging, has prompted deep reflection on the status of women in society and the roles they are traditionally assigned.

    Simultaneously, my artistic inquiries have led me to delve into the critical issues surrounding refugees and migration, especially in how these subjects are portrayed in the media. The contrasting treatment of refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine and those arriving from other regions has been starkly evident. Consequently, I have embarked on creating artwork that scrutinizes the journeys of refugees and examines the role of journalistic reporting and media opinions in shaping public perception.

    My overarching interest in identity and the associated 'labelling' stems from my personal background as a 'mixed race' individual with an immigrant parent. Notably, I was advised a few years ago to use the term 'mixed heritage' instead of 'mixed race,' which prompted me to question who has the authority to dictate what terminology I should employ to describe myself. This introspection extends to various aspects of life, where individuals are often categorized and labeled – whether as wives, mothers, breadwinners, spinsters, weak, strong, middle-aged, old, ugly, pretty, handsome, refugees, migrants, and more. It raises the fundamental query of whether these labels genuinely define who we are.

    My view is that we are all so much more than the labels assigned to us; we are simultaneously unique and interconnected by our shared biological origins. Our multifaceted identities go far beyond these simplistic classifications and I want to break down the stereotypes these labels encourage.

    I became a fellow at Digswell Arts in Letchworth Garden City in October 2019.

    Awards

    2023: Financial support for exhibition, Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Trust

    2017: 3rd Prize, Stevens Competition for Architectural Glass (Architectural Glass Artist of the Year), Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

    2014: Prize for Presentation, Stevens Competition for Architectural Glass (Architectural Glass Artist of the Year), Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

    2013: Financial grant, Eaton Fund

    2011: Winner, Ashton Hill Award, The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

    10 week funded training award. Worked on stained glass restoration projects as well as further exploring glass painting and design.

     

    Selected Commissions

    2023: ‘The Four Leaf Clover canal boat windows’, private client

    2023: Internal mosaic window, private client

    2021: Multi panel Victorian repro set with painted bird inset, private client

    2020: The Hive Project, The Howard Centre. Community engagement project.

    2020: Sheree & Co, autonomous applique panel commission, private client

    2019: Desire Lines autonomous applique panel commission, private client

    2015: Cullin Hills architectural applique glass window commission, private client

    2014: Art in the Garden at the Sir Harold Hiller Gardens, nr Romsey

    2013: Leaves architectural applique glass window commission, private client

    2012 -13: Stargazing, Mottisfont Abbey near Portsmouth, The National Trust. Applique panel for sculpture trail

    Selected Exhibitions

    2022/23: Letchworth Open 202/23, Broadway Gallery
    2022: Shortlisted, The Charlotte Fraser Ceramic and Glass Prize, Holt Festival Art Prizes.
    2022: It's All In The Technique, National Glass Museum, Sunderland
    2021-22: BSMGP Centenary Touring Exhibition

    2021: Artists Responding To, Zine featuring artists responding to social issues, online and printed
    2021: BSMGP Centenary Exhibition, online exhibition

    2021: Letchworth Open, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City
    2021: Hands Across the World, Contemporary Glass Society online exhibition
    2019: British Glass Biennale 2019 at the International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge
    2019: Courtyard Arts Open, Hertford

    2018: Harlow Open 2018, Gibberd Gallery (Commended)

    2017: Past Futures, Gatehouse Arts, Harlow

    2015: Bits and Pieces, Contemporary Glass Society online exhibition

    2013: Death and Decadence, The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London

    2013: Par-al-lax, Mile End Art Pavilion, London

    2013: Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

    2010: South London Women Artists at the Bankside Gallery, London

    2009: In-House – The Kowalsky Gallery, Clerkenwell

    2009: New to DACS, The Kowalsky Gallery, Clerkenwell

    2008: Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, First Biennial RBSA Open Portrait Award, Birmingham

    2008: The Society of Women Artists – 147th Anuual Open Exhibtion, Mall Galleries

    2008: Romance – The Kowalsky Gallery, Clerkenwell

    2007: Stick*Stamp*Fly, Gasworks, Vauxhall

    2007: Arts Unwrapped, Studio event

    2006: ‘Tri Summer Fest’- Pepperton Gallery, Croydon

    2006: ‘In Quest’ – Pepperton Gallery, Croydon

     

    Education

    2023: Masterclass, Verre Eglomise, CEL, Lewisham

    2012: Architectural Glass Level 4 Workshop in Painting with Silver Stain and Enamels, School of Architectural Glass, Swansea

    2011: Architectural Glass Level 4 Workshop in Glass Painting, School of Architectural Glass, Swansea

    2010: Stained Glass Workshop, CEL, Lewisham

    2010: Glass Engraving, Morley College

    2010: Stained Glass Repair, CEL, Lewisham

    1997 – 2001: BSc (Hons) CIS Design (Multimedia Pathway), Kingston University

    1984 – 86: Btec General Art and Design, Croydon College

     

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