Aqsa Arif is a Scottish/Pakistani artist based in Glasgow. She uses the interdisciplinary mediums of poetry, photography, installation, printmaking and film to construct complex structures in which she explores the surreal nature of the human psyche. Her work draws from cinema as a medium, as she uses its architectural and spatial characteristics to represent states of mind which cannot be fully understood through rational study. She experienced life with the split of two cultural identities and this polarity underpins her work and is manifested through her use of film.
Graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2019, she received a First-Class degree in Painting and Printmaking. She served as founder and committee member of SaltSpace Co-operative from 2019 - 2022 and is now the Production Manager for Alberta Whittle. Exhibitions include, that sinking feeling, Gallery of Modern Art, Her Wild Reflections, Jupiter Artland (2021), RSA New Contemporaries 2020 and ‘Come Together’ at Tate Modern, London.