Amna Asghar (b. 1984, Detroit, MI) appropriates, layers, and remixes imagery from personal archives, popular culture, and art history, allowing the interactions to conjure hybrids and reflect the complexities of the location of identity. Her use of “orientalist” artworks by French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme, intertwined with materials sourced from her family’s Pakistani culture and her own experiences in the American visual landscape, transform these outtakes into generative works of art. Asghar lives and works in Detroit.
Her first institutional solo show, Well Wishes, curated by Jova Lynne, opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in 2021. In addition to two previous shows at Klaus von Nichtssagend, Asghar has had solo as well as group shows with Belle Isle Viewing Room, Detroit. Her work was a part of a series of group exhibitions curated by Sally Howell, Osman Khan, and Razi Jafri titled Halal Metropolis across metro Detroit and two exhibitions curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Parallels and Peripheries: Migration and Mobility, and On The Road II at VisArts, Rockville, MD and at Oolite Arts in Miami, FL respectively. Asghar received her BFA at Michigan State University and her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design.