MDSVAD Alumna Kubra Khademi Exhibits Alongside Picasso in Germany
Beaconhouse National University (BNU) proudly announces that Kubra Khademi, a distinguished graduate of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design (MDSVAD) and a UMISAA Scholar, is showcasing her art alongside Pablo Picasso in an exhibition titled "Pablo Picasso Suite 156 with Kubra Khademi" in Cologne, Germany.
Kubra's artistic journey has taken her across Europe, aligning with the United States' jubilee celebrations of Picasso's legacy at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, as part of The Picasso 1973 - 2023 Celebration, an ongoing exhibition that commenced on October 28, 2023, and will continue until February 4, 2024. In addition to this prestigious collaboration, Kubra has also exhibited her solo show at Galerie Martin Kudleck in Cologne, Germany, on October 27, 2023.
About Kubra Khademi
Kubra Khademi, an Afghan artist, performer, and feminist, was born in 1989. Her work revolves around her experiences as a refugee and a woman. She studied fine arts at Kabul University before continuing her education at Beaconhouse University in Lahore, Pakistan. In Lahore, she began creating public performances, addressing the challenges posed by a male-dominated society with extreme patriarchal politics. After her performance known as "Armor" in 2015, she was forced to flee her home country and lived as a refugee in France until obtaining French citizenship in 2020. Today, she resides and works in Paris.
Kubra's exceptional journey involved her being awarded an MFA Fellowship at the Pantheon and receiving the prestigious title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from Audrey Azoulay, the French Minister of Culture. She received a nomination for the Emerige Revelations in 2019 and achieved success in the competitive 1% art market in 2020. Kubra Khademi had the privilege of participating in a residency program at the Fiminco Foundation in Paris and a long-term residency in New York with the Salomon Foundation in 2022. In 2023, her latest performance, "The Golden Horizon (افق طلائی)," made its debut at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.
Kubra's journey has been accompanied by Latitudes Prod. since 2016. Her plastic work is represented by Galerie Eric Mouchet in Paris and has been featured in numerous prominent venues worldwide. Her work has been displayed at institutions such as Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Kunsthalle Thun, Void Contemporary Art Centre (Derry Londonderry), Pablo's birthday (New York), the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Bangkok Biennale, and more. In 2022, she designed the poster for the Avignon Festival and presented a major solo exhibition at the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern in Germany.
About "Pablo Picasso Suite 156 with Kubra Khademi"
The "Pablo Picasso Suite 156 with Kubra Khademi" exhibition coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of Pablo Picasso's death. Numerous exhibitions across Europe and the United States are celebrating this milestone as part of The Picasso 1973–2023 Celebration. The Museum Ludwig, known for its extensive Picasso collection, had participated by presenting "Suite 156," a late work consisting of 155 etchings created between 1968 and 1972.
The exhibition also features a new work by contemporary Afghan artist Kubra Khademi. Her art had challenged social norms related to female bodies in a political yet humorous manner. Kubra's unique perspective had added a non-European dimension to the exploration of passionate desire and its representation in art.
This exhibition not only celebrates Picasso's legacy but also provides a platform for critical discussions on art, gender, and cultural perspectives in the contemporary world.
On behalf of Beaconhouse National University, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Kubra Khademi for her outstanding achievements and remarkable journey as an artist and feminist. Her dedication, passion, and commitment to addressing important social issues through her art are truly commendable. Kubra's contributions to the art world and her exploration of diverse perspectives enrich our understanding of art, culture, and society. We are immensely proud of her accomplishments and look forward to witnessing her continued success on the global stage.