Mehwish Iqbal (b. 1981, Pakistan) is a multidisciplinary Australian artist whose practice incorporates, printmaking, painting, textiles, sculpture, and installation.
Her current research examines the geo-political scenarios giving rise to the influx of refugee and migrant diaspora, commodification of human agency, monopoly of power-play, hybrid identities and their complex reception in alien environments. She explores the interdependent relationship of individuals with their natural surroundings, dissecting a parallel landscape that explores the acceptance and rejection of new members in foreign territories. She actively engages with various communities to generate a universal discourse around human conditions to unravel its vulnerabilities, survival instincts and strategies through the layers of history and present-day challenges.
Iqbal holds a BA in Fine Arts, National College of Arts, Pakistan and a MA in Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia. Residencies include NewYork Artist League 2011USA, Megalo Print Studio 2013 Australia, Halka Arts Projects 2014 Turkey, Bundanon Trust 2014 Australia and Blacktown Art Centre Residency 2015. Recent curated exhibitions include The National, Museum of Contemporary Arts (Australia); Soul Fury, Bendigo Art Gallery (Australia); New Sacred, Mosman Art Gallery (Turkey), amongst many others.