Mariah Lookman (b. 1973, Karachi, Pakistan) is an artist and educator who divides her time between her home in Galle, Sri Lanka, and Karachi, Pakistan, and London, UK. She teaches on the graduate programme at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan, and is the Founder of the charity Cancer/Wellnessfund-Galle, where her activism bridges art production and health. In her work, she employs a process-centred, research-driven approach that combines teaching, curating with interdisciplinary scholarship, and a studio-based creative practice. Over the years, her interests in the links between the formation of scientific and political knowledge have evolved from single authorship to collaborative practice. Her solo exhibitions include Victory Over Tyranny (exhibition in two parts), Counter Space, Zurich, Switzerland (2016), and Looking to Draw, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, UK (2013). Her most recent presentations include Phantasmopolis, Asian Art Biennale of NTMoFa, Taichung, Taiwan (2021); Language is a Migrant, 7th edition, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2022) and Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi (2022). In 2018, Lookman curated Invitation to Action for the inaugural edition of the Lahore Biennale, and she is the recipient of the Lahore Biennale Foundation with Asma Jahangir Foundation Fellowship (2018–19) and Tate Modern (Adjunct) Research Fellowship (2018), both on the life and work of the late Pakistani feminist artist, Lala Rukh.

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