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Pembroke College JCR Art Collection is delighted to partner with Saba Qizilbash, the 2022 Emery Prize winner, to present the exhibition 'Route of Desire'. 

" Through my drawings, I walk across difficult landscapes. I journey through plains, valleys, gorges, crossing no mans’ lands, borders, checkpoints and disputed territories. I aspire for a seamlessness where trade, culture, language and heritage can flow freely. I map pre-colonial routes as I hem my way across South Asia, Central Asia and along the Arabian Gulf. Drawing each town an inch at a time, I bring into focus the potential of reviving ancient trade routes which were interrupted and demarcated when new nations were carved as the region gained independence from colonial occupation."

Talk, Private Viewing, and Drinks Reception at Pembroke College 

Monday 30th January 2023 17:00-20:00 - RSVP Required

Tuesday 31st January - Tuesday 7 February 2023

Weekdays 12:00 - 14:00 | Weekends 12:00 - 16:00

Free Admission

Talk, Private Viewing, and Drinks Reception at Pembroke College - Monday 30th January 2023 17:00-20:00 - RSVP Required 

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​About the Artist

Saba Qizilbash was born in Lahore and raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has a BFA from the National College of Arts, Pakistan, an MA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Qizilbash is a recipient of the Vogue Hong Kong Woman Artist award, the UC Berkeley South Asian Artist award, the Mansfield-Ruddock Prize and Pembroke Emery Prize awarded by the University of Oxford for an outstanding degree show. In addition, Qizilbash has been the finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize from 2017- 2020 and has been awarded fellowships with Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation for the arts in partnership with Rhode Island School of Design, as well as the Paul Mellon Centre for British Arts. Qizilbash’s work has been showcased in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New Delhi, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New York, Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.


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