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Amna Asghar

Amna Asghar’s work looks to the American experience through a multitude of cultural motifs: from her family’s Pakistani popular culture ephemera to Disney movies to Jean-Léon Gérôme’s orientalist paintings, to Hudson River School works, to currents of contemporary political thought.  Asghar draws from her own life in the Detroit area where she grew up and now resides, making sophisticated works that mix imagery across cultures, creating conversation between communities.

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Amna Asghar is Participating in Commissioner Detroit

Amna Asghar is a part of the Commissioner Detroit Inaugural Artist Editions, a program that brings together locals and artists in their cities. Click here to watch a video of Asghar discussing her process.


Amna Asghar on Reclaiming Orientalist Imagery

Emily Watlington interviewed Amna Asghar about her practice for Art in America.

Tim Johnson courtesy of MOCAD

museum exhibition

Amna Asghar solo exhibition at MoCAD

Amna Asghar's first solo museum exhibition, Well Wishes, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Well Wishes features works that intertwine Asghar’s familial archive with found images from American and Pakistani popular cultures. The exhibition suggests that art is a technology that can flatten time, shorten geographical distance, and speak across cultural borders. The exhibition runs June 4 - August 8, 2021.

Amna Asghar: Studio Remix

Edition No.8 of KLAUSGALLERY.CLOUD focuses on Amna Asghar’s studio practice. This edition takes an indepth look at the reference materials and the methods in creating the paintings.

Outside exhibition

Amna Asghar in "Halal Metropolis" at University of Michigan Stamps Gallery

Amna Asghar is showing several works in a group exhibition, Halal Metropolis, curated by artist Osman Khan, pho­tog­ra­pher Razi Jafri, and his­to­rian Sally How­ell. The show "explores the facts, fic­tions, and imag­i­nar­ies of the Mus­lim population(s) in Detroit and South­east Michi­gan as viewed through his­tor­i­cal research, doc­u­men­ta­tion of cur­rent con­di­tions, and explo­rations of future desires." The show ran May 28 – July 17, 2021 at the Stamps Gallery


Amna Asghar interviewed for the Whitney Museum about the Andy Warhol show

Amna Asghar is interviewed about the influence of Andy Warhol on the occasion of the Whitney Museum's "Andy Warhol: A to B and Back Again."