Born in Delhi in 1990, Tehmeena completed her BFA in painting from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi in 2012 and her MFA in 2015 from M.S.U, Baroda. Tehmeena, a very promising Indian contemporary artist is represented by Art Centrix Space, New Delhi. She recently exhibited her collages, paintings, and miniature sculptures at our curated booth at India Art Fair, 2020 edition.
Her most recent group show was ‘Con Tempus | With Time’ curated by Monica Jain at Art Centrix Space in November 2019. Her works were also noticed and appreciated at the Serendipity Art Festival in Goa in 2019. She was awarded the Nasreen Mohamedi Award for best display at MSU, Baroda in 2015. She has been part of several group shows include “Words of Her Seeing’ at Conflictorium, Museum of Conflict, Ahmedabad, 2019; ’Graphic Content’ Gallery ARK, Vadodara 2019; ‘Death of Common Sense’ at Gallery White, Vadodara in 2019; Janey Finesse Group exhibition at M.F. Husain Art Gallery, Delhi 2017; group show at Meyrick Hall Asian Osmosis, Bournemouth, London in 2015. She has participated in prestigious art residencies and workshops such as UTSHA artist for residency Bhuwaneswar in 2018; FICA The Moving Image: exploring Light, Movement & Narrative, New Delhi 2017; International residency ‘Experience House’ (Collaborative work with Daniele Bartolini), KHOJ, New Delhi 2016. She was selected for Peers Share at Khoj, New Delhi in 2016, the regional Camp in Assam organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, Assam in 2015; Master Class with Orijit Sen (Graphic Novel Illustration), FICA Reading Room in 2015. Tehmeena Firdos has been a part of the ‘Harkat’ performance conceptualized by Inder Tickoo, Delhi in 2013.
She began exploring the dynamics between private-public spaces, aspects of which, delineate a particular sensibility in relation to how she feels in her personal space- a space of apparent comfort and freedom. Notions of comfort-discomfort and rest-restlessness become a part of this exploration as she creates visual clashes through image-making.
She says- ‘I make use of historical imagery and references which are symbolic of characteristic viewpoints and the politics of their time and space. Alongside this, in order to diverge, I readily employ more recent photographs concerning fashion and/in politics. Watercolor painting on paper, collages, and my recent explorations into miniature sculpture are just some of the mediums I use comfortably. The occasional use of fashion photography across my collages become central to the human body and its role within the current geographical and socio-political landscapes. My works are a reflection of problems. When disclosed, they are a general situation that I call “popular problems”. A concern seemingly superficial, but generously marinated with the problems I hear of and see everywhere. My works are not a direct comment about anything in particular, yet the output proffers certain reactions central to the current “popular” situation.
Tehmeena lives and works in Delhi.