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.View CV
Amna Asghar on Reclaiming Orientalist Imagery
Emily Watlington interviewed Amna Asghar about her practice for Art in America.
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.
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 and Damon Davis explore identity in MOCAD summer 2021 exhibitions
Sara Barron reviewed Amna Asghar's solo show at MoCAD for the Detroit Metro Times.