Nadira Husain

Nadira Husain

Nadira Husain

Nadira Husain (b.1980 Paris, France) is a French-Indian artist who uses pictorial symbols and compositions of various traditions to reflect on how cultural phenomena and economic globalization shape our reactions to images. Her mainly large-format works contrast European and Eastern imagery, combining motifs that allude to Indian miniatures with comic-like figures or objects of utility. She samples decorative, abstract-geometrical patterns and, inspired by feminist theory, paints portraits of women whose androgynous looks confound conventional representations of gender. Her pictorial spaces also have a decidedly non hierarchical structure, avoiding perspectives that distinguish between foreground and background. High and low cultural motifs, autonomous and decorative elements, are also treated equally.