Zanib  Naeem


The cerebral world is continually relegated to academic spheres: the workings of neural networks in the brain is esoterically accessed through scientific journals and textbook passages, with the dysfunction of the brain becoming a medical struggle, clinics and research facilities dedicated to discovering and uncovering the mysteries of our mind. Seen less often is the integration of neuroscience through an artistic lens, the critiquing and the boundary pushing of what the brain could look like, could represent, could contain.

This project aims to diversify what the brain could look like by depicting the Southasian women of Mughal artwork directly onto the surface of our cerebral cortex; it is an attempt at reinterpretation, representation, and spirituality in the moments that we are most human: peaks of mindfulness when connecting, laughing, and engaging with others lovingly. I would like to mold twenty brains revolving around the themes of traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting, with a focus on the emotional lives of Southasian women, with hints of Islam in the use of text.