thantreyarts

About the Artist

Yasmeen Fathima Thantrey (she/her) is an artist living and working in London. Currently studying MA Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art, her practice explores South Asian diaspora, identity, and barriers she has encountered growing up as a working class, fat, queer, disabled, South Asian in the UK. Feminist issues such as body hair and diet culture are also challenged through the eyes of a brown girl. Her work is interdisciplinary, often using mediums that feel appropriate to the topics she is exploring. This ranges from photography, print, performance and film, to installations and soft sculptures.

Thantrey’s work has a strong collaborative element, as the issues she takes on are socio-political, and therefore, community is extremely significant for the work she produces. This makes her work fall somewhere within the art activism and performance intersection, as audience response and gaze is crucial to the narrative. She aims to play and dismantle power structures through humorous loaded work, that purposefully interrupts a white cube and institutional environment.

Exploring South Asian diaspora has given her work a purpose in this era, as systemic racism and disproportional representation are being addressed globally. Her work thrives within social media spaces also, to generate discourse and open safe spaces for discussion through her community work. With this increasing presence and collaboration, her motive also tackles the Eurocentric standards of beauty that have been forcefully ingrained within society and culture.

Exhibitions

2022
WiP 2022, Royal College of Art, January

2021
Every Woman Biennial, Copeland Gallery, June

2020
Feminist Mythologies, The Feminist Library, December
Protest and Protect, Feminist Art Museum, December
Sharing Is Caring, Instagram, October
Sad Grads, Instagram, July
The Future Is Loading, Shape Arts, July
UAL Graduate Showcase, July
Hot Local Artists, hArts Lane, London, February
class of :, Copeland Gallery, London, February

2019
​Waterloo Sunset, Feminist Library, London, December
The Unseen and the Unspoken, hArts Lane, London, July
Asian Women's Festival, New Bingly Hall, London, April
SHELF Collective, Camberwell College of Arts, London, March
Merge, Southwark Park Gallery, London, January

2018
Desire Lines, Silver Building, London, November
#DidThat, Arts SU, AMP Studios, London, September
Traces, Old Parcel Office, North Yorkshire, August

Publications


Education

  • Contemporary Art Practice: Public Sphere, Royal College of Art, 2021-Current
  • Fine Art Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 2017-2020
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Central College Nottingham, 2015-2016



This example portfolio website includes work from the following photographers:
Avi Richards, Chris Barbalis, Marjan Blan, Raban Haajik

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