Artist Statement TANYA AHMED
Raised in Birmingham and Reading.
Tanya Ahmed now works as a photographer in New York City.
Tanya’s modus operandi is to photographically subsume the structures of the built environment in each urban location she encounters.
Walking extensively and intimately familiar with the areas she photographs she finds her gaze drawn to the intriguing, cultural and visual wonders that usually go unseen in the ordinary environments she lives and works in.
Returning to the Newtown area of Reading, this summer, after a 30 year absence, Tanya noticed a new gated community had sprung up on the banks of the Kennet Canal. Tanya’s photographs, find streets awash with gates, unique in their designs, textures and time worn patinas. They offer a semantic challenge to the term Gated Community.
Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions TANYA AHMED
2015 - Gated Community, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading Oct. 23 - Nov 30
2014 - East 100th Street, Harlem RBI, East 100th Street, NYC Aug. 15-18.
2012 - Call This Place Home(East 100th St.) Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, June.
1998 - Eclectic South Beach, A Study in Light and Architecture, Beach FL.
2015 - Reading: a Start & a Return, Turbine House, Riverside Museum at Blake’s
Lock, Reading July 25- Aug. 8 with Richard Pinches, Darran Gough, Peter Cole, Dave Willis.
2014 - Personal Explorations in Photography, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield,
2012 - Shades of New York, (East 100th St.) in collaboration with Creative Director John Clark & Curator Andrew Conroy, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, July
1987 - Photographs, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Jan - March with Adam Pensotti.
1985 - Berkshire College of Art & Design, Graduation show, BCAD, Reading.
1984 - Berkshire College of Art & Design, Reading Museum & Town Hall,
Juried Group Shows
2015 - 2015 Displacement, 44AD Artspace, Bath Oct 30 - Nov 15
2015 - Primarily Color, Atlantic Gallery, W27th Street, NYC, Dec.1st - 12th
2014 - Small Wonders, Atlantic Gallery, W27th Street, NYC, Dec. 9 - 20
2014 - Aperture Summer Open, W27th Street, NYC, July 19- Aug.12
2014 - Spring International,(Online),1st place B&W, 3rd place Environment
2014 - Interior Lives, National Arts Club, NYC, May 19-31
2013 - Memory: International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap, Richmond Art Gallery, BC, Canada, Nov 2013- Jan. 2014
2013 - Picturing the World Family, (online) Fier Institute, Honorable Mention.
2013 - Home: Where we Live, MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May10- June 23
2013 - Chair, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas April 5th - May 12th
2013 - Sandy: Devastation, Document, Drive, NY Photo Festival, PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn,
2011 - New York City: IN FOCUS, Vol.2, a Traveling Photographic Exhibition, HHC
2010 - El Barrio Today, El Museo del Barrio, NYC - November
2008 - New York City: IN FOCUS, a Traveling Photographic Exhibition HHC, NYC
1997 - Good Building, Mebane Gallery, School of Architecture, University of Texas
1988 - ‘Elle’ Young Photographers, Groucho Club, London
1988 - Neighbours, South Bank Arts Centre, London
Awards TANYA AHMED
2015 - 8th Annual International Color Awards, Nominee in Architecture
2014 - 12th Annual International Photography Awards, Professional Architecture - Interiors category - Honorable Mention (series- Office)
2014 - 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards - Professional Architecture category- Nominee.
2013 - 11th Annual International Photography Awards, Professional Architecture - Buildings category - Honorable Mention
2013 - 8th Annual Black and White Spider Awards - Professional Architecture category- Nominee.
2012 - International Photography Awards, One shot: Spaces - 3 Honorable Mentions- Inside, Outside, The space between.
2012 - 10th Annual International Photography Awards, Professional Architecture - Industrial category - Honorable Mention
2012 - 7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards - Professional Architecture category- Nominee.
2011 - 6th Annual Black and White Spider Awards - Professional Architecture category- Nominee.
2011 - International Photography Awards, Professional Architecture - Interiors-Honorable Mention
2010 - Worldwide Photography Gala Awards The Urban and Country Landscape - Silver honorable mention
2010 - Photobook NYC Theater screen presentation, PDN/Blurb, the Intrepid Museum Theater NY October
2010 - We are all Photographers Now, Screen presentation, the Nuit des Musée Rolex Learning CenterEPFL- Musée de l’Elysée September 26
2009 - 5th Annual Black and White Spider Awards - Professional Architecture category- Nominee.
2006 - 2008 at El Museo del Barrio, New York My images as construction cladding around the Museum during renovation
2005 - International Photography Awards. Professional Architecture category Honorable mention.