The debut solo show of Shazia Salam “Voice-Over-Voice” is taking place in Tashkeel until 18 February. It explores one particular professional sector – voice-over artists. Three exercises developed with voice actors explore the rituals, processes and procedures of this sector and question this sort of calibration in capitalist labour. Tashkeel will be showing Shazia’s art works until 23 February 2023.
Shazia Salam is a multidisciplinary artist who works using a range of media – sculpture, installations, works on paper, voice recordings, language and performance. For her art she often uses everyday objects and signs, such as children’s toys, corporate agreements, shop signages. She is interested in what belonging means in the globalised world.
As she says her “practice is a negotiation with her displaced cultural belonging.” She looks for answers in the architecture of objects around her. Shazia constructs interactive installations to experiment and explore the questions about the limits of materiality. Visitors can touch, explore, hold or destroy those installations. She presents her objects or installations “in an effort to link material with the immaterial.”
Shazia Salam completed her B.Arch at Manipal Institute of Technology, Karnataka in 2015 and received her Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London in 2018. Shazia is currently living and working in Dubai.
Present exhibition is the result of Shazia Salam’s participation in Tashkeel’s Critical Practice Programme 2022.
Tashkeel received a large number of applications to join the sixth iteration of the CPP in 2022. After careful consideration six visual artists were selected to receive “up to one year of training, mentorship, studio support, critique, development, and artwork production, culminating in exhibitions scheduled for the second half of 2022 and into 2023.”
The programme is for practising contemporary artists living and working in the UAE. The artists work with mentors, who guide them through the process of research, production and exhibition of their finished visual artwork. Tashkeel helps the artists to choose mentors with whom artists feel comfortable to work and whose area of research or practice corresponds with the proposed area of inquiry.
More info about Shazia Salam’s exhibition on its official web page and its page on the Magpie website.
One can learn more about Tashkeel’s Critical Practice Programme on their web page.
You might also be interested in visiting the group exhibition titled Proposals for a Memorial to Partition.