Although born in Caracas, Mariam labels herself as Pakistani. Her formative years were spent across South America and the Middle East before settling in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed her undergraduate degree in Painting at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in 2010.
After having exhibited extensively across Pakistan, Mariam moved on to pursuing a career in Dubai as a Communications Coordinator at The Third Line, a contemporary art gallery. Furthermore, her move to London led to the foundation of Bahaar – an art sales platform that primarily focuses on promoting new artists. She is also currently serving as a Gallery Manager for EOA Projects.
Maqsood’s work discusses the negative connotations attached to the donkey. She uses the “conquered, oppressed nature” of the animal as a metaphor for the society she resides in. She talks about how this animal is such a big part of our daily lives; constantly being sighted on the roads of Karachi and “their braying (that is a) part of what keeps this city alive”.
The artist’s work was displayed in Nine Lives, a group show at Khaas Gallery, Islamabad (2012).
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