Anila Agha:

All the Flowers Are For Me
August 24 - September 22, 2017

Opening Reception August 24, 4:30pm-7:30pm

The Harold J Miossi Art Gallery is proud to present Anila Agha's immersive installation All the Flowers Are For Me. Anila Agha was the recipient of ArtPrize Grand Rapids in 2014 and her work was recently awarded the Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2017 Schiele Prize. Her work is timely, cross-disciplinary and truly captivating. The gallery will be hosting a student reception at 12pm on Thursday, August 24 and a public reception and artist talk at 4:30-7:30pm. Epoch Estate Wines is generously sponsoring wine for this event.

About Anila: Anila Quayyum Agha was born in Lahore, Pakistan. She has an MFA in Fiber Arts from the University of North Texas. Agha’s work has been exhibited in over seventeen solo shows and fifty group shows and has won numerous awards and grants. Most recently, Agha won the two top prizes at ArtPrize 2014, in the international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her entry, titled “Intersections”, earned the ArtPrize 2014 Public Vote Grand Prize and split the Juried Grand Prize in a tie. Agha works in a cross disciplinary fashion with mixed media; creating artwork that explores global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media, and social and gender roles in our current cultural and global scenario. As a result her artwork is conceptually challenging, producing complicated weaves of thought, artistic action and social experience.

“Having lived on the boundaries of different faiths such as Islam and Christianity, and in cultures like Pakistan and the USA, my art is deeply influenced by the simultaneous sense of alienation and transience that informs the migrant experience. Through the use of a variety of media, from large sculptural installations to embroidered drawings I explore the deeply entwined political relationships between gender, culture, religion, labor and social codes." - Anila Agha