Alt+Shift+Studio: Zainab


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From the series, The Weight of Snow on Her Chest

In this episode of Alt+Shift+Studio, Kashmir based visual artist Zainab shares nuances of her photographic practice as an artist and journalist and the sites she navigates.


Zainab (b.1998) is a visual artist based in Kashmir. She graduated in journalism and mass communication, and presently works as a photojournalist. Her engagements with photography are mostly personal, involving the documentation of her own experiences that arise out of surviving in a military occupied region. Zainab is one of the founding members of Kashmir’s women photographers’ collective, Her Pixel Story, dedicated to bring out women’s perspectives and narratives of daily happenings in Kashmir. Her photographs have been exhibited at Paradise Lost: Desire and Dissent Contemporary Art from Kashmir, held at Old School Gallery, University of Leiden. Her work, ‘The Weight of Snow on Her Chest’ has been exhibited in Growing Like a Tree: Static in the Air curated by Sohrab Hura at the Ishara Art Foundation (Dubai), Growing Like A Tree: Sent a Letter curated by Bunu Dhungana and Sadia Mariam at the Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts (Goa), the 10th edition of Breda Photo Festival (Breda), and at Gulf Photo Plus (Dubai). 

Alt+Shift+Studio is a series of online conversations and video tours that examine the intersection of infrastructures and ideas in contemporary artistic practice. In its 2023 edition, the programme is curated by Himanshu Kadam who delves into the theme of ‘Fractured Grids’. Inviting artists from South Asia and its diaspora, the series offers insights into the spaces they inhabit and how local topographies inform their practice. The new edition navigates through cities in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and the UAE, with insights into how ecology, war, civil movements and migration shape contemporary art.

Series editing by: Nikhil KC

An initiative by Ishara Art Foundation