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Zarah Cassim

“I confront a sense of confusion and disorientation in an absurd world.” Zarah Cassim is a painter concerned with notions of perception. She uses her medium to affect a viewer’s encounter with spatial illusion. Her works foreground a visual rebellion against systemic norms by evolving as visual riddles about pictorial space.

Woven into the theme of unveiling the artifice of reality, is a concern with natural forms and spaces. Cassim appropriates the natural space as a metaphor for an existential attitude. It is in natural forms that she finds the vehicle for a sense of disorientation: the reflection of a chaotic or absurd world, which marks a breaking point for the human condition. Some of her surfaces revel in the flat beauty of the painted mark itself. As a viewer we are seduced by the texture and material of her tool of illusion. Other works evoke a dream-like, ungraspable landscape that threatens to dissolve at any concrete claim over form. Cassim graduated with an Honours in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town in 2014.

Upcoming Shows: 02 August – 13 September, The Guise of Reality, a solo exhibition at Salon91. Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2017 – The Other Art Fair, New York; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91. 2016 – KKNK, Absa Gallery. 2015 – Finalist, ABSA L’Atelier; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; These Spaces/These Places, solo exhibition at 99Loop; Paint It Black, a group exhibition of young South African painters, Salon91; Stellar, an end-of-year group show, Salon91. 2013 – Finalist, Sasol New Signatures.