Using the process of research as an artistic playground, artist Afrah Shafiq intertwines facts, feelings and fantasy to create a speculative world born of remix culture. Digging into the past, she engages with history in a playful manner, reinterpreting archival findings to create new ways of looking at the past.
In this presentation, Afrah will talk about how research can be an art practice, the ethos of remix culture, archives as treasure chests and share snippets of her past work around women's inner lives and minds through archives in India and the North of England. She will also share findings from her research residency with Austin-based Fluent Collaborative, where she engaged in archival research at the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe and at the Harry Ransom Center and the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin.
Afrah Shafiq is a multimedia artist based out of Goa, India. She also works as a video editor, illustrator, designer, animator, line producer, teacher, curator and manager in various worlds ranging from visual art to documentary films. Bringing together these numerous experiences, her art practice moves across platforms and mediums seeking a way to retain the tactile within the digital and the poetry within technology.