Mehreen Murtaza began crafting a new invention in 1986, accidentally stumbling upon the discovery of the Mentalex. A machine that uses the power of light to bring supra natural powers to the user's mind. It is in fact a strange artefact from an unknown origin, discovered during a balneotherapy session. Essentially a scientific study about the interaction between the angle of the rain, the shapes of the drops and the probability of being happy led to this innovative breakthrough. In the midst of taking out a patent on this discovery (in the hope that this would solve the planet's geopolitical problems), Murtaza began to emanate luminous laser beams from her cerebral cortex.
She is currently designing the first quantum space probe that will allow time travel through high-resolution mapping of the human brain epigenome.
Mehreen Murtaza completed her BFA with Honors from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore in May 2008; received a post graduate diploma in teaching from Beaconhouse National University in 2009. She has been a participant of the Home Workspace program led by Jalal Toufic and Anton Vidokle at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon.
Murtaza was accepted for the Gasworks Residency funded by The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust - Rangoonwalla Foundation Award, UK, 2010, the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Arts Travel Scholarship at Generator Projects, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland, & London, UK, 2013. Murtaza has recently received a fellowship for the residency and grant Follow Fluxus - After Fluxus 2015, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden. She has been selected as the Impakt Artist in Residence, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2014 and the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, artist residency in collaboration with the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (FAAM Residence Program 2014), Japan.
She has also been invited to present her work at SITAC X (10th International Symposium on Contemporary Art Theory), The Future: The Long Count Begins Again at the Teatro Julio Castillo, Centro Cultural del Bosques s/n, Mexico City, 2012.
Mehreen Murtaza is represented by Grey Noise, Dubai and Experimenter, Kolkata. Murtaza is also a member of the Tentative Collective.
The Dubious Birth of Geography
Inkjet print on Hahnemühle photo rag
The Great Patch Conspiracy, (Series of 20) Embroidery on Fabric Dimensions variable
Dispatches from the Edge/End of the World,
(fiber glass, aluminum, deco paint, artificial polyester leaves, 12 inch black & white TV, speakers, wires, 00:07:43 min video + audio loop)