Osman Yousefzada

Osman Yousefzada

Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Practice

Birmingham School of Art

Osman Yousefzada is a British-Pakistani artist and writer, born in Birmingham UK, whose work engages with the representation, rupture and reimagining of the immigrant experience. His work incorporates textiles, print-making, installations, sculpture and performance.

Yousefzada’s practice has been described as "defiant", where the participating bodies throughout his work are presented as part objects that refuse to identify or conform. He has shown at international institutions.

Recent solo shows include; 'Queer Feet' (2024) at Charleston, 'Embodiments of Memory' (2024) at the the Ceramics Biennale, Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent and "More Immigrants Please' a nationwide series of billboards with Artichoke. His large-scale series of solo interventions 'What Is Seen and What Is Not' at London’s V&A in 2022, was commissioned by the British Council in partnership with the V&A. In April 2024 he presented a major solo show in conjunction with the 60th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Franchetti. In May 2024 he opened the prelude to Bradford City of Culture 2025 with a solo show at Cartwright Hall.

In his memoir, The Go-Between (2022), set in Birmingham in the 1980s and 1990s, alternative masculinities compete with strict gender roles while female erasure and honour-based violence are committed, even as empowering female friendships prevail. This first book was long listed for the Polari Prize and reviewed by Stephen Fry as "one of the greatest childhood memoirs of our time".

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