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Seher Shah:

Monuments of the Mind

BY JYOTI DHAR

Ominous military parades, looming geometric shapes and intricate layers of meshed lines—Seher Shah’s powerful drawings reimagine the terror and the beauty of monuments and public spaces built to project power and order.

SEHER SHAH, Perversions of Empire: Concrete Oracles (detail), 2008, archival giclée print, 33 x 48.2 cm.

Seher Shah’s black-and-white drawings are structured like lattices in which architectural façades are superimposed with delicate markings, linear details confront black voids and archival imagery intersects with multicultural symbols. Yet, for all the…

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