Tahmina Negmat works primarily with found materials, and, often combining textiles, to create mixed media assemblages, both wall mounted and as large scale installation. Using a variety of Surrealist techniques, including cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse) and frottage, Negmat explores notions of identity, culture, and migration.
The heavily laden, gravity defying works by Tahmina Negmat are as a result of the exlporation of the concept of weight. Negmat explores this concept in extremities of terms - visually, metaphorically and personally, meaning that as a subject, it is integral to understanding her oeuvre.
Chiefly, weight refers to the diverse materiality that Negmat intentionally incorporates into her work in order to oppose the traditions of fine art. By incorporating found objects and materials, and more recently creating works from terracotta, a material that offers the works a immediacy of texture and robustness, Negmat’s heavily worked surfaces become antagonistic reactions to what she considers to be convenient, sleek painted canvases associated with the traditional, a concept she considers a ‘compromise.’
Tahmina Negmat was born in Uzebekistan, and lives and works in London (UK). Negmat received her MA Painting from The Royal College of Art in 2018. Since her graduation, solo exhibitions include ‘Eyebrows With Teeth’, Marlborough Gallery, London, UK,(2019); ‘Moscow-Petushki’, Althuis Holland Fine Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018). Group shows include Art Brussels, Althuis Hofland Fine Arts booth, Brussels, Belgium (2019); Young Contemporary Talent from The Ingram Collection, Lightbox Gallery, Woking, UK (2018); ‘Thumbnails’, Hockney Gallery, London, UK (2018); ‘Creekside Open’ (selected by Alison Wilding), APT Gallery, London, UK (2017); ‘Time London, Poor Dreamers’, Cypher Space, Berlin, Germany (2017); Young Contemporary Talent (Inaugural Purchase Prize), The Jerwood and Ingram Collection, London, UK (2016). Residences include the West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, Suffolk, UK (2019).
Negmat was the recipient of the ‘Exceptional Talent visa’ granted by the Arts Council in 2018. The same year, Negmat was awarded the Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust award. In 2016 Negmat was awarded the Young Contemporary Talent Inaugural Purchase Prize from the The Jerwood and Ingram collection. Negate is a visiting lecturer at The Royal College of Art, Winchester School of Art and Wimbledon College of Arts. Her work is included in collections worldwide, and she has been widely published both in the UK and Europe.