Furmaan Ahmed (1995) is a multi disciplinary artist from Glasgow who creates installation works that act as sites of emotional knowledge exchanges for POC queer and trans bodies. They are a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins who has already worked with galleries and community projects such as Gossamer Fog, Jupiter Artland, Tate Modern and Southbank Centre.
Furmaan also has a collaborative practise as an image maker, set designer and art director where they have photographed and collaborated with artists such as Willow Smith, SOPHIE, Sasha Velour, Kate Moss and David Lachapelle.
In their installation works and image making, Ahmed explores their dual identity as a transgender muslim and how the queer brown body manifests in the institutional world. With a passion for the British gothic architectural style and the mysticism of islamic ornamentation, Ahmed questions codes of historical design to reimagine fantasy worlds through the creation of communal shrines, monuments, gardens and water fountains to look to a future that is more inclusive for black, brown and queer people.
With a deep interest in ecology and the botanical, Ahmed explores the fantastical and the rubrics of order and reason to emancipate the marriage of technology, wellbeing and the natural world.
Furmaan creates these digital and live worlds as a sites for community engagement, queer brown hybridity and communal healing.