Ayesha Sultana’s work explores the concept of space. Her series, Outside the Field of View, is anchored in ‘seeing space in continuum, exploring gaps in visual memory, and looking at the periphery and what is overlooked in plain sight.’ As an artist, Ayesha works with diverse mediums including sound installation, drawing, photography and painting to express her ideas. Using drawing and photographs as primary tools for this series, Ayesha synthesizes her observations of her surroundings and space. Her work is lucid, yet not simplistic. To Ayesha, ‘space seems relational, a field emerging as a result of matter and its parts, in the movement or weight of its fragments, not necessarily marked by a beginning or an end, but a structure or a space that never ends—the periphery.’

A part of her series examines the nature of transience. Ayesha does this by introducing partially obliterated, solarized and deliberately scratched photographs. Another body of work features graphite drawings where she attempts to understand the concept of continuation. ‘The graphite drawings present configurations and arrangements of geometric shapes and spatial structures, in a frame-by-frame progression of image and time, once again bringing forth my interest in the visual understanding of continuation, direction and possibly a form of meditative infinity.’

Ayesha received a BFA in Visual Arts in 2007, and went on to pursue a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Education at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She has recently exhibited at the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Listen Up! in New Delhi and at Alhamra Art Gallery in Lahore, to name a few. She also completed a curatorial research residency at Gasworks, London (2013), and is a member of the Dhaka-based artist-run organization, Britto Arts Trust. In 2014, Ayesha became the recipient of the Samdani Art Award. Outside the Field of View, opened at Experimenter, Kolkata last year.

Ayesha Sultana. Courtesy of Elle India
Ayesha Sultana
Jessore, 1985

Solo Shows

A Space Between Things project curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, Dhaka Art Summit
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka

Blue Velvet, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome
Outside the Field of View, Experimenter, Kolkata

Group Shows

11th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju (upcoming)
Art Basel Hong Kong, Experimenter, Hong Kong
Art Dubai, Experimenter, Dubai
welcome to what we took from is the state, Queens Museum, New York, NY
India Art Fair, Experimenter, New Delhi

Immateriality in Residue, Experimenter, Kolkata
Art Dubai, Experimenter, Dubai
India Art Fair, Experimenter, New Delhi
Approaching Abstraction, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai
Arte Fiera 2015, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Bologna
1mile² Dhaka, Panch Bari, Shyam Bazaar, Dhaka

Ethereal, curated by Dr. Amin Jaffer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
The Language of Human Consciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Open Studios, Delfina Foundation, London
1134 – Lives Not Numbers, curated by Munem Wasif and Mahbubur Rahman, Pathshala South Asian Media Academy, Dhaka
B/Desh, curated by Deepak Ananth, Dhaka Art Summit 2014, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
Samdani Art Award, Dhaka Art Summit 2014, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
Listen Up! Delhi, co-curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt and Tim Goossens, Qutub Minar, Garden of Five Senses, New Delhi
Cross-Casting, curated by Mahbubur Rahman, BRITTO SPACE a contemporary art hub, Dhaka

Senses 7, curated by Shehzad Chowdhury, Dhaka Art Center, Dhaka
‘INexactly THIS’ Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents 2012, Britto Arts Trust booth, Amsterdam
Adda through Art, Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka
Freefall, curated by Hon. Giorgio Guglielmino, Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka
Dhaka Art Summit 2012, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
SPACE, curated by Mahbubur Rahman, BRITTO SPACE a contemporary art hub, Dhaka

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Jessore Country of birth: Bangladesh Date of birth: 1985 Lives in: Dhaka, Bangladesh
W: Ayesha Sultana M: info@ayeshasultana.com; T: +88 (0)191 561 9969