About the Artist

Yasmeen Fathima Thantrey (she/her/they, b.Nottingham,1996) is an emerging artist and recent graduate from the Royal College of Art, where she pursued her MA in Contemporary Art Practice: Public Sphere. With a passion for exploring identity, the body, and diaspora, their art aims to navigate these complex themes through an intersectional lens. Drawing upon critical race and feminist theories, she situates her lived experiences within a broader societal context, inviting viewers to engage in a dialogue that transcends cultural boundaries.

A firm believer in the lived experience as research, their practice encapsulates a desire to understand the complexities of the self and its interconnectedness with the broader world. Their practice is interdisciplinary, with the medium dependent on the themes being explored. Most recently, textiles, installation, text/voice and moving image have been used to navigate chronic illness, time and adolescence research.

Thantrey’s work is shaped by its socially engaged nature, reflecting her deep belief in the power of art as a tool for positive social change. Her practice is far from solitary, it thrives through knowledge exchange, collaboration and community engagement. Rooted in socio-political issues, her work finds purpose in connecting with the audience and inviting their perspectives and responses. This amalgamation of art, activism, and performance aims to dismantle power structures- often with a touch of satirical humour, her loaded works intentionally disrupt the boundaries of conventional art spaces, challenging the norms of the white cube and institutional environments.

"Often I feel huge tension between the intersections of my identity, rarely finding spaces that can nurture me as a whole. I try to explore these tensions within my practice, aiming to find the sweet spot that can give voice to my experiences with disability, class,gender/queerness, and race as a Pakistani Punjabi woman.”


Sustainable Futures, Dhaga Collective, August
RAC2023, Truman Brewery, July
Tate Lates x CAP Fest, Tate Modern, March
Montez Press x CAP Fest, Montez Press RadioMarch

Pure Class, RCA Working Class Collective, August
In The Mirror, Shape Arts, June
Hearts On Our Sleeves, Riot Soup & Toynbee Hall, March
Censor Me, I Dare You, Holly Inks, March
WiP 2022, Royal College of Art, January

Every Woman Biennial, Copeland Gallery, June

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

​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

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


AmmiWho Am I: Being Bri'esh, 2023

Homesick on EidGlimpse, CAP Fest, 2023

Becoming, Femme Fatale Issue 4, 2022

The Future Is Loading, Shape Arts, 2020

We Need to Talk About Fa(s)t Fashion, interview with Rachelle Cox, 5.18 Mag, 2019

'Holding My Power’, Because I’m Tacky, 2018

‘Because I am Brown’, Decolonising The Arts Zine, 2018

‘Body Hair’, That's What She Said, 2017
“Did I Just Get In Because I Am Brown?”, That's What She Said, 2017
‘It Has Taken Me Twenty Years To Accept That I Am Asian’, That's What She Said, 2017


Contemporary Art Practice: Public Sphere, Royal College of Art, 2021-2023

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


Leverhulme Scholarship, RCA, 2021-2023

Cedric Morris Foundation Travel Award, UAL, 2020

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

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