Nusra Latif Qureshi: Strategies of Intent


Nusra Latif Qureshi’s first solo Australian institutional exhibition presents her ongoing investigation into the symbolism and assumptions embedded in art history. Reflecting on almost two decades of practice Qureshi’s attempts to undermine, shift and negate historical imagery reads as a caution for the contemporary age, where assumed realities can be little more than constructed visions.

Qureshi’s practice is characterised by meticulous layering, fragmentation, erasure and juxtaposition of visual material. Through these acts of intervention, she investigates little known histories of colonial eras, questions established narratives and engages with the politics of representation. Taking the visual histories of both the South Asian region and Australian culture Qureshi has developed a new visual vernacular in which to examine and interrogate historicisation.

Strategies of Intent brings together key works from Qureshi’s oeuvre as well as work commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. With a practice that spans over two decades this exhibition brings her ongoing excavations of art history into dialogue. Presented together for the first time this exhibition enables the breadth and depth of Qureshi’s practice – from small and highly detailed paintings to large scale digital prints – to be appreciated.


Nusra Latif Qureshi (b. Lahore, Pakistan 1973 lives and works in Melbourne, Australia) attended the National College of Arts, Lahore and completed her Masters of Fine Art at the University of Melbourne. Qureshi’s practices engages with the visual histories of the South Asian region and Australian culture, questioning conventional interpretations, pulling apart and reconfiguring the found patterns to construct new narratives. Her work has been exhibited widely in Austria, Germany, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Afghanistan, Italy, India, Japan, France, Switzerland, Finland and her home countries of Pakistan and Australia. Most recently she was exhibited at the Kunst Historisches Museum, Vienna, Austria as well as Brisbane’s QAG/GOMA. Her work has been collected widely including the British Museum, London, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. She has been working with various arts institutions to offer public programs including artist’s talks and workshops in Australia and the USA. Qureshi is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.