The New Normal

Rabiya Choudhry (1982 - )

enamel, spray paint and acrylic on paper

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
    This work is reflective of the unusual times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and is infused with Rabiya Choudry’s distinctive brand of deadpan dark Glaswegian humour. Two eyeballs are set against a bright red background. Instead of eyebrows, the artist has playfully placed black bold words that read: ‘THE NEW NORMAL’. This new work will feature in Choudry’s forthcoming exhibition Fabric of Society, part of the Glasgow International biennial festival of visual art (June 2021).
  • About the artist
    Rabiya Choudhry (born 1982) works primarily in painting, exploring the themes of identity and cultural displacement in contemporary British society with a darkly comedic approach, underpinned by her own experiences as a British-Pakistani queer woman. A graduate from Edinburgh College of Art (2006), recent solo shows and projects include COCO!NUTS!, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2018) and Signs Of The Times, Tramway, Glasgow (2017); group exhibitions including at DCA Thomson at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2016), Polar Twins at Giv-Rum, Copenhagen and The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh (2015). Choudhry is currently working on a collaborative project for Glasgow International (2020) funded by GI and Creative Scotland’s Create Inclusion Fund (2019-2020), and has recently completed a Crisis Residency at Cove Park, supported by the Freelands Foundation.
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    The New Normal
    enamel, spray paint and acrylic on paper
    height: 28.0 cm; width: 38.0 cm
    Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
    verso: 'the New Normal' (20) artists signature - IN PENCIL
    The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 18 March 2021
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