In a World Where There are Five Women I am the Seventh by Qasim Riza Shaheen

Shaheen is a well known Manchester artist who works in performance, video, sculpture and installation art.


5 painted dolls & 12 inscribed wedding rings
Art Fund grant:
£1,250 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
Qasim Riza Shaheen

His work is based on his experience as a Muslim living in Britain, his identity as an artist and his own sexuality. This work developed from a residency in Pakistan, where the artist worked with the Khusra community (transgendered Muslim men). The artist was fascinated by the culture of beauty parlours in Lahore and in transposing the aesthetics of the Punjabi bride by going through a series of bridal makeovers himself. In this work he has re-worked five traditional bridal dolls detailing a range of wedding outfits and accessories. The inscribed wedding rings relate to Qasim’s sense of his own shifting sexual identity.


The artist.

Venue details

Gallery Oldham Greaves Street, OLDHAM Greater Manchester OL1 1AL 01617 704 653

Entry details

Free to all

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)