Asma Kazmi Receives 2019 Hellman Fellowship

05 Sep, 2019

Asma Kazmi Receives 2019 Hellman Fellowship

Congratulations to Asma Kazmi on being awarded a 2019 Hellman Fellowship!

Established by Warren & Chris Hellman and their children in 1994, the purpose of the Hellman Fellows Program is to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor.

The award will go towards supporting Asma's project "Beyond the Seas Blue." Asma creates transdisciplinary artworks that unearth invisible, forgotten, and ignored histories linked to the legacies of colonialism and postcolonial contexts. Her Hellman-funded project involves remaking blue sections of iconic European Renaissance paintings with pigment that she extracts from the stone lapis lazuli from Afghanistan. The aim of the project is to reconceptualize advances in Western art by locating how, through matter, unnamed indigenous knowledge systems entered and became embedded in European artistic traditions.

For more information on Asma's work, check out her website!