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Ammara Jabbar, Untitled, 2016. Site-specific interactive sculpture; Goat skin stretched on metal sink (a method used to make
traditional tablas). Courtesy of the artist.

Ammara Jabbar, Untitled, 2016. Video Still; Embroidered rumaal. Courtesy of the artist.

Ammara Jabbar, Untitled, 2015. Found objects, Ceramics, Spinning motor, Blade, Rice. Courtesy of the artist.

Ammara Jabbar, Untitled, 2016. Digital collage, photography. Courtesy of the artist.

Using found objects, Ammara Jabbar creates site-specific interventions that take a critical approach to the Urdu language. Isolating words from their function as a means of communication, her work tackles gender roles in particular by revealing parallels between the grammatical, biological and social status of women, highlighting how writing and speaking have concrete effects in everyday life.

During her residency Ammara will continue her exploration of language through incongruous but related means: by writing fictional narratives and attempting to reduce the written word to pure aesthetics.


Ammara Jabbar lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan and completed her BFA in Painting and Ceramics at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. This year she took part in the group exhibition Carte Blanche at DHA FOOMA and completed the Vasl Taza Tareen Residency in Karachi.

Ammara Jabbar’s residency is supported by the Rangoonwala Foundation and the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust, and is hosted in the Sackler Residency Studio.