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About Me

Hello,

My name is Zoya Alina Currimbhoy and I am a multi-disciplinary artist, born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. I primarily make paintings, sculptures, and performances that create conversations around female agency and re-defining the politics of the public space. My art is essentially rooted in my personal experiences and thoughts.

Education

(U.S.A)Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)       (2013-2017)

Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting with a concentration (minor) in Literary Arts (English)

(Pakistan) Karachi Grammar School                 (1998- 2013)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • ‘Mix Tape (1)’- group show at Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan (September 2018)
  • ‘SALTY’- group show at 1748 adams, Los Angeles, CA (September 2017)
  • ‘La Pocha Nostra Jam Session’-group performance at The Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico (August 2017)
  • Public performance with La Pocha Nostra, Santa Fe Plaza, New Mexico (August 2017)
  • ‘Performance: Object, Body, and Narrative. An afternoon of sixteen performances engaging sculptures’-group show at  130 Point St, Providence, RI (May 2017)
  • ‘In Presence’-group show at Distillery Gallery Boston, MA (May 2017)
  • ‘Falling Stars in Retrograde’- group show (exhibited and co curated) at Memorial Hall Gallery, RISD, Providence, RI  (May 2017)
  • ‘Mutual Encounters’- group show at Gelman Gallery, RISD Museum, Providence, RI (March 2017)
  • ‘Painting Senior Show’- group show at Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI (March 2017)
  • Exhibited in the hallways of The Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, Providence, RI (October 2016)
  • ‘Mesh’- group show at The Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, Providence, RI (October 2016)
  • Painting Department Exhibition- group show at Woods-Gerry Gallery, continued at RISD’s Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence RI (September to October 2016)
  • ‘Of Scale’- group show at Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, Providence, RI (April 2016)
  • ‘The Big Picture’- group show at ‘The Drawing Room’, Providence, RI (March 2015)
  • Painting Department Exhibition- group show at Memorial Hall RISD, (January 2015)
  • ‘Identity’- group show at ‘Koel Art Gallery’, Karachi Pakistan (January 2013)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan (Current)

  • Adjunct faculty in the Fine Art department
  • Taught two courses on ‘New Media Art’ (i.e. Green Screen, Animation, Video Installation, and performance theory) to  second-year undergraduate students (circa. 15 students per class)- February 2018
  • Taught a 5-week‘ Introduction to Painting’ courses to second-year undergraduate students (circa. 15 students per class)-  October – November 2018
  • Advisor for a research methodology class. I give feedback to fourth-year undergraduate students on their interdisciplinary art and design research papers, offer new literary sources and aid them in contextualizing some secondary sources into a Pakistani context. (circa. 15 students per class)- October – November 2018

Gallery Assistant at Chawkandi Art Gallery (Current)

  • Responsible for corresponding with artists and curating events
  • Responsible for research, writing blurbs and curatorial notes and managing their social media pages

Performed in “Tabdeeli”, a performance art piece devised by artist, Qinza Najm, Pakistan (November 2018)

  • Before the artist brought this piece Pakistan, it was first performed at the Queens Museum, NYC, 2017
  • I was one of the four performers for when it was performed in Pakistan

Studio Assistant for Qamar Bharucha Bana, Pakistan (May 2018)

  • Qamar Bana is a photographer and video maker based in Karachi, Pakistan
  • I help to organize and categorizing her photographs while also doing some video editing.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Films, Karachi, Pakistan (October 2017- January 2018)

  • Oscar and Emmy’s award-winning film and documentary producer Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy runs a film production house in Karachi
  • Worked as an Illustrator and graphic designer in their animation team (consisting of 5 artists)
  • Specialized in using Photoshop to draw storyboards and create frames
  • Created a series of short animation films to help educate and create awareness around climate change and its impact in Pakistan

Crimson Education, Online (July 2017)

  • Art portfolio consultant for university applicants

RISD Museum, Providence, RI (2016-2017)

  • Worked for Deborah Clemons, the Assistant Director, Public and Academic Programs
  • Responsible for program research and promotional projects in the public and academic programs
  • Assisted in planning events when Artists visited the RISD museum (included organizing the event, researching questions  for Q&A sessions, liaising with RISD faculty where required)

‘Wolfing Around’, a short film by Jackie Sisson, Providence (April 2017)

  • Selected as the lead actress

Integrated People- Kiran Ghar, Pakistan (Summer Internship, June 2016)

  • A non-profit organization that empowers female artisans in a low-income neighborhood of Pakistan to sell handcrafted accessories, generating revenue and business.
  • At the time the Davis United World Colleges Scholars Program and the Kathryn Davis Foundation awarded Integrated People a $10,000 grant to re-launch their business.
  • Worked directly with local artisans to help create fashion products that would sell in the Pakistani market through social media
  • Hired as a product and social media analyst on the design and marketing team
  • Worked directly with local artisans to help create fashion products that would sell in the Pakistani market through social media

Canvas Gallery, Karachi Pakistan (Summer Internship, June 2014)

  • Created a booklet, profiling the Canvas Gallery as a platform for Pakistani art and artists in the international and local market
  • Conducted interviews with Pakistani artists, critics, and collectors represented by Canvas Gallery
  • Analysed and compiled the information to showcase Canvas Gallery as one of the leading galleries in the country

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