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Nael Quraishi (b.1994) is an artist who lives and works between Rotterdam and Karachi. Having grown up in both Pakistan and the UK, the roots of his practice lay deeply within childhood recollections and memories of space and place. Working mainly with photo and video, Quraishi casts a subtle yet sharp light on the individual and collective experience of nostalgia, displacement and (be)longing, highlighting its lasting affect on everyday life.

Quraishi graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. His work has been shown internationally at Nederlands Fotomuseum (2022), Melkweg Expo Amsterdam (2019), International Pakistan Art Festival (2019), Belfast Exposed Gallery (2018), Unseen Amsterdam (2018) and EYE Film Institute (2017). His graduation work, The Empty Bench, won second prize in the 2019 Zilveren Camera Prize for Storytelling.


GROUP SHOWS / SCREENINGS

2022    Home Cinema x Home (online screening) 
2022    Verbeelding, Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam, NL)
2022    Something Borrowed, Something New, Copper and Steel (Karachi, PK)
2020    Flights I Could Have Taken (online screening), Uit Het Gareel
2020    Roots Film Festival, Filmhuis (The Hague, NL)
2020    Generation Z, Noorderlicht International Photography Festival (Heerenveen NL)
2020    www.theemptybench.onfotomat.com
2020    Zilveren Camera, Museum Hilversum (Hilversum NL)
2019    KABK Graduation Festival (The Hague, NL)
2019    Push it to the Limit, Melkweg Expo (Amsterdam, NL)
2019    The Quantum City: Territory Space Place (Karachi, PK)
2019    (Un)Conditional, Bibliotheek Den Haag (The Hague, NL)
2018    Beyond View, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast, UK
2018    ‘Good Work’, The Grey Space in The Middle (The Hague, NL)
2018    Let Me Tell You About, UNSEEN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
2017    A Breath of Fresh Air, Royal Academy of Art (The Hague, NL)
2017    NOUN Presents, VSVU Academy of Fine Art & Design, (Bratislava, SK)
2017    Ulster University Photo Fair 2 (Belfast, UK)
2017    Trance and Moving Image, EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam, NL)
2016    Ulster University Photo Fair 1 (Belfast, UK)
2016    Belfast Photo Festival (Belfast, UK)


PUBLICATIONS

2023    Pak*stan Desires: Queer Desires Elsewhere, Omar Kasmani, Duke University Press
2021    Bodies in Dissaray, Junctions Graduate Journal of Humanities
2020    Generation Z: on the verge of a new alphabet, Noorderlicht
2020    VandeJongLikes, Portrait Series Instagram feature
2020    OnFotomat Watch, IGTV Feature on The Empty Bench
2020    PF Magazine, ‘Universele behoefte aan verbinding’
2020    Between Light, Works 1984-2020 by Ayessha Quraishi
2020    Stichting De Zilveren Camera 2019 feature ‘The Empty Bench’
2019    The Quantum City: Territory | Space | Place, IPAF
2019    Push It To The Limit, Graduation Catalogue ‘The Empty Bench’
2019    KABK Graduation Festival Catalogue ‘The Empty Bench’
2019    Fast Love and the Palm Tree Beach Hut (BA Thesis)
2018    Flights I Could Have Taken2017 NOUN Presents: Appendix
2016    A New Common Chord ‘An Exercise in Faith’
2016    Oranges and Satellites in collaboration w/ Cory


COMMISSIONS

2020    ‘15 Minutes with…’ Nederlands Fotomuseum, A Portrait Series
2018    (Un)Conditional, Bibliotheek Den Haag.
2018    IPAF Curatorial, A Place No Longer, Karachi, Pakistan
2015    Portraits of Ayessha Quraishi, for Artist’s monograph published 2020


AWARDS / NOMINATIONS

2020    Het Witte Doek Award, Nominee
2019     De Zilveren Camera, Prijs voor Storytelling, 2nd


RECIDENCIES / EXCHANGE

2017    VSVU Academy of Fine Art & Design (Bratislava, SK)
2016    Fondazione Studio Marangoni (Florence, IT)


INTERNSHIPS

2018    Bani Abidi (Berlin, DE)
2012 + 2013 Shalalae Jamil (Karachi, PK)


EDUCATION / WORKSHOPS

2021    Talk on Space and Memory with curator Aziz Sohail, Karachi University
2021 + 2020 Thesis Workshop, Types of Research/Writings, KABK
2020    Activating our Archives, Modern Art Oxford, Led by Sunil Shah
2019    BA Photography, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK)
2016    BA(hons) Photography, Ulster University, Belfast, UK



2014 - 2016 Ulster University, BA Photography and Video, Belfast UK
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BIO

Nael Quraishi (1994) is an artist currently based in The Netherlands. Having grown up between Pakistan and the UK, his works are often charged by childhood recollections, memories of space and place.  There’s an exploration into the negotiations within familial bonds and daily domestic circumstances that reflect upon topics of nostalgia, displacement and an inter-cultural identity.

He graduated from The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (KABK) and his work has been shown internationally; Filmhuis Den Haag 2020, Noorderlicht Festival 2020, Melkweg Expo Amsterdam 2019, International Pakistan Art Festival 2019, Belfast Exposed Gallery 2018, UNSEEN Fair Amsterdam 2018 and EYE Film Institute Amsterdam 2017. His graduation work entitled ‘The Empty Bench’ received second prize in De Zilveren Camera: Prijs voor Storytelling 2019.


SHOWS

Nederlands Fotomuseum (upcoming)
Flights I Could Have Taken, Uit Het Gareel At Future Intel
Roots Film Festival, Filmhuis, Den Haag, NL (Screening)
Generation Z, Noorderlicht International Photography Festival,NL
www.theemptybench.onfotomat.com
Zilveren Camera, Museum Hilversum, Hilversum NL
KABK Graduation Festival, The Hague, NL
Push it to the Limit, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, NL
The Quantum City: Territory Space Place, Karachi, PK
(Un)Conditional, Bibliotheek Den Haag, The Hague, NL
Beyond View, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast, UK
‘Good Work’, The Grey Space in The Middle, The Hague, NL
Let Me Tell You About, UNSEEN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
A Breath of Fresh Air, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL
NOUN Presents, VSVU Academy of Fine Art & Design, Bratislava,SK
Ulster University Photo Fair 2, Belfast, UK
Trance and Moving Image, EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, NL
Ulster University Photo Fair 1, Belfast, UK
Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, UK


PUBLICATIONS

Cover for ‘Bodies in Dissaray’, Junctions Graduate Journal of Humanities
Generation Z: on the verge of a new alphabet, Noorderlicht
VandeJongLikes, Portrait Series Instagram feature
OnFotomat Watch, IGTV Feature on The Empty Bench
PF Magazine, ‘Universele behoefte aan verbinding’ by Claire Hoogakker, Portfolio Feature.
Between Light, Works 1984-2020 by Ayessha Quraishi
Stichting De Zilveren Camera 2019 feature ‘The Empty Bench’
The Quantum City: Territory | Space | Place, IPAF
‘A place no longer’
Push It To The Limit, Graduation Catalogue ‘The Empty Bench’
KABK Graduation Festival Catalogue ‘The Empty Bench’
Fast Love and the Palm Tree Beach Hut (BA Thesis)
Flights I Could Have Taken
NOUN Presents: Appendix
A New Common Chord ‘An Exercise in Faith’
Oranges and Satellites in collaboration w/ Cory Danks


COMMISSIONS

‘15 Minutes with…’ Nederlands Fotomuseum, A Portrait Series
(Un)Conditional, Bibliotheek Den Haag.
IPAF Curatorial, A Place No Longer, Karachi, Pakistan
Portraits of Ayessha Quraishi, used for Artist’s monograph published 2020


AWARDS/NOMINATIONS

Het Witte Doek Award, Nominee
De Zilveren Camera, Prijs voor Storytelling, 2nd


RECIDENCIES/EXCHANGE
VSVU Academy of Fine Art & Design (Bratislava, SK)
Fondazione Studio Marangoni (Florence, IT)


INTERNSHIPS

Bani Abidi (Berlin, DE) Bani Abidi
Shalalae Jamil (Karachi, PK)


EDUCATION/WORKSHOPS

Talk on Space and Memory with curator Aziz Sohail, Karachi University
Thesis Workshop, Types of Research/Writings, KABK
Activating our Archives, Modern Art Oxford, Led by Sunil Shah
BA Photography, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK)
BA(hons) Photography, Ulster University, Belfast, UK
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© Copyright Nael Quraishi 2021