Baseera Khan

Spirituality and consumerism, compromised

United States

“It’s my rite of passage as a brown femme girl from Texas to make art”

As a Muslim American woman born in the south, Baseera Khan has a lot to say. She uses her personal experience to shift traditional forms of art making. In her work, you’ll see the New York-based artist is just as likely to use an everyday item like a prayer rug or a slice of art history tradition as her foundation. She explores experiences of exile and kinship as shaped by economic, pop cultural and political situations. Her bold and surprising physical artworks and performance mixes consumerism with spirituality as it ruffles the features of decolonial histories, practices and archives.

Always setting her own pace, Baseera makes sure we feel her weight in her work: she’s performing in her artworks whether her physical presence is there or not. Her art and performance work has been hosted everywhere from the Whitney to Aspen Museum of Art to ArtPop Montreal, and she’s been exhibited at multiple NADA-connected galleries. The portrait you see here of Baseera was taken by Jose Alejandro Espaillat.