Mehreen Murtaza is the recipient of the Charles Wallace – Rangoonwala residency award for a Pakistani artist.
Mehreen Murtaza’s visual narratives intertwine a traditional background with popular culture. Taking their imagery from both Sufi culture and the skewed logic of science fiction, her labour-intensive digital collages are a virtual world that fuses the natural with the mechanical, where technology plays the role of challenging religious myth, superstition and ritual.
Born in 1986, Murtaza lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. She has participated in residencies and workshops with VASL, the German Cultural Centre in Lahore and Khoj, New Delhi and has exhibited work in Pakistan and abroad including; Jam Jar gallery, Dubai, Cartwright Hall, Bradford, Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry and Al Hamra Centre, Lahore.
The Charles Wallace-Rangoonwala residency award is an annual residency organised by Gasworks, Green Cardamom and Vasl for an emerging artist from Pakistan to have a residency at Gasworks. On this occasion the selection panel consisted of Achim Borchardt-Hume (Curator, Tate Modern), Catalina Lozano (Residencies Coordinator, Gasworks), Nada Raza and Leyla Fakhr (Curators, Green Cardamom), and Nav Haq (Curator, Arnolfini). The award is generously supported by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust and Rangoonwala Foundation.