Qasim Riza Shaheen

Qasim Riza Shaheen facilitates individual and group creative expressions through finding alternative ways of sharing memories and experiential expertise in order to produce high quality visual and performance art. Notions of empowerment through the collective voice are central to his practice.

  • Image: Misplaced Memoirs. Photograph: Karin Albinsson


One / Autoportraits in love-like conditions

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 2
  • Freight: No freight necessary


Performance work One which was researched and developed with local residents and artists at the National Visual Arts Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, will feature repetitive thoughts, statements and actions delivered over a beat that marks the beginning and end of a time cycle. Points of arrival and departure are central to this improvisational work, and the performers will deliver the piece in a trance-like state. 

Queer Courtesan

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 2-3
  • Freight: No freight necessary


An installation-based performance, one-on-one, one minute encounter. Includes a live video installation and audience participation element.

Limited capacity of 75 participants per two-hour show.

Misplaced Memoirs

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 4-5
  • Freight: No freight necessary


A live performance which sets a scenograghy for a limited audience to experience the work. Notions of unrequited love are declared in an autobiographical, confessional manner. The artist explores the fluidity and transcultural nature of love and identity through stories of personal desire, and past relationships. This production has outreach possibilities inviting local communities to engage in workshops with the artist with a scope for participation. 

Wraparound work

All productions can include workshops, artist-in-conversation and a residency around the context of the invitation. Suitable for young adults upwards.

Press Comments & Testimonials

Qasim Riza Shaheen is a fascinating artist, exploring relationships with the self and with those who interact with the self, be they family, friends, spectators or strangers."


"In films, video performances, photographs and mixed-media drawings, Qasim Riza Shaheen presents his affecting reflections on love and loss. For him, self-portraiture is more a matter of imaginative self-creation than any pretence of authentic self-definition...his enactments of queer romance, straight social alienation, and the universal melodramas of unrequited desire are choreographed with painful sensitivity."

 The Guardian

"With this quiet, beautiful, careful and courageous exhibition, Qasim Riza Shaheen is inviting us to step back into that closet, to wonder all over again at its forbidden pleasures, its colours and its multitude of embroidered, jewelled and painted possibilities."

Neil Bartlett OBE on Queer Courtesan

"It is a rare artist that can make you want to cry, then laugh and then question your own politic all within one performance."

Ronald Fraser-Munroe, K3 Media on This is to certify that this is the true likeness of...

"The work becomes something of a collaborative celebration of social difference and sartorial inversion."

Guardian Unlimited on Stains & Stencils


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