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The inquiry is into the ideal and the real. I am interested in the in-betweens of becoming.

Repetition plays an essential role in my practice; it functions as a basic constraint expressing the constant nature of time fundamental to transformation. It represents the simplicity that is at the root of complexity and is primary in the visualization of evolutionary processes and motion.  My practice pivots around the intersections of art, science, and philosophy, and it uses a pool of cross-disciplinary resources including drawing, the history of cinema and the moving image, design, sound, systems theory, Sufism, and time and space.

I believe in a combinatorial approach to art-making and research.  Experimentation is essential and so is touch.  While I work with digital technologies, I like to combine and recombine the old with the new, ideas with materials, tools, and methods.  I have a background in traditional media, including drawing and painting, and the organic, varying nature of the hand made approach is important in my practice as a stark contrast to the structured and measured digital output.  New media technologies play an essential role for an integrated practice in art making and provide a platform to connect the handmade with the automated, the flexible with the constrained, and the unknown with the determined.  Installation and performance is where a lot of the traditional and contemporary expressions, including drawing, animation, video and sound, get combined.



Mariam Eqbal (b.1977) is a Pakistani-American artist working with drawing, installation, performance, animation, video and sound.

Eqbal’s work has been screened and exhibited across the United Stated and internationally, including, Great Britain, Columbia, the Netherlands, India, and Canada, as well as, in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogota, Columbia (2017), Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia (2017), and at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia (2015). Eqbal is a part-time faculty in the Department of Arts and Humanities at the University of Richmond, in Richmond Virginia, and an Affiliate Graduate Faculty for the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where she also teaches animation in the Department of Kinetic Imaging.




Selected Screenings

2017 – Migration Dance Film, Wales, UK

2017 – The Big Muddy, Department of Cinema and Photography, Southerna Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2017 – Frame and Frequency, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Bogota, Columbia

2017 – Frame and Frequency, Visual Arts Center, Balitmore, MD

2016 – Layers #4 Fads and Freud, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2016 – Official Selection, New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA

2015 – Official Selection, Richmond International Film Festival, Richmond, VA

2015 – Best Film, Screendance Competition, Leeds 29th International Film Festival, Leeds, UK

2015 – Official Selection, Antimatter Media Arts Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada

2015– The Indie Gathering International Film Festival, Cleveland, OH

2015 – The Moonrise Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2015 – Award of Merit, The Accolades Global Film Competition, La Jolla, CA

2015 – Official Selection, Manchester Film Festival, Experimental Film, Manchester UK

2015 – Official Selection, Access Code Short Film Festival, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

2015 – Extremely Shorts Film Festival, Houston, TX

2015 – ANIMAZE – Montreal International Animation Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2015 – Official Selection, Twelve Gates Video Art Festival, Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Philadelphia, PA

2014 – We Have Never Been Modern, International Experimental Film and Video Exhibition, Dope Chapel, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

2013 – Richmond Radicals Film Screening, The Association of Moving Image Archivists, Richmond, VA

2013 – Conference on the Image, Chicago Art Department Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012 – Film and Video Series, Studio Two Three, Richmond, VA


Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2016    Neil Britton Gallery, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA

2013    The Human Kind, The Cluster Project, Online Web Series

2010    The SOLA Project, ISHQ Fine Arts Gallery, Richmond, VA

2010    The SOLA Project, Edison, NJ

2009    Street Stories Project, Metro Art Space, Richmond, VA

2009    Broken City Series, Metro Art Space, Richmond, VA

2008    The Street Stories Project, Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA

2007    The Street Stories Project, Greater Richmond Transit Company Buses, Richmond, VA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017    Homeward Bound, Taubman Musuem of Art, Roanoke, VA

2015    Recursion, Artprize, Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids, MI

2015    The New Unconscious, SciArt Center of New York, NY

2014    InLight, 1708 Gallery, Monroe Park, Richmond, VA

2013    RVA Art Festival, Historic Greater Richmond Transit Company Depot, Richmond, VA

2013    Underlying Conditions, Carriage House, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA

2013    InLight, 1708 Gallery, Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA

2012    Centers, 423 Gallery, Richmond, VA

2012    Recursion, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA

2012    First Hour, Art 6, Richmond, VA

2011    Black Desk, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA

2008    Spades Play, The Fire House Theatre, Richmond, VA

2006    Print Show, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA


Grants and Awards

2015    Best Film, Screendance Competition, 29th Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds, UK

2015    Professional Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

2013    Graduate Research Grant, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2010    Community Arts Residency Grant, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

2007    Dean’s Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA



Hamish Macpherson, “What are Screendance Competition Even For? A Response to the Leeds International Film Festival Screendance Competition”, The International Journal of Screendance, Vol 6, 2016 http://screendancejournal.org/article/view/5063/4250#.WSdq4oVDM7A

Guy Madden, “The Review”, Issue 09, TIFF.40, November 22, 2015 http://us9.campaign-archive1.co/?u=bed63d3ce10ec9adba60ea410id=a10c3777fa e=[UNIQID]

April Skip, Yorkshire Dance, November 2015   http://www.yorkshiredance.com/news

“Glitch”, Please Hold Magazine, Issue 4, September 2015 http://www.pleaseholdmagazine.com/current-issue.html

“VideoFocus”, Stigmartpress, Art Press Biennial Edition, Stigmart 10, April 17, 2015 http://issuu.com/stigmart10press/docs/stigmart_videofocus_special_edition_ff6bab677cafb2

Paul Bond, “The Cluster Project: Artists against cluster bombing of civilians”, World Socialist Web Site, July 20, 2013                                                            https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/07/20/clus-j20.html

“Underlying Conditions, VCU Scholar Compass, May 2013 http://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/3091/

Tom Gresham, “MFA Exhibitions Spotlight Emerging Artist, April 24, 2013 http://www.news.vcu.edu/article/MFA_Exhibitions_Spotlight_Emerging_Artists

Karin Kapsidelis, “Muslims in Richmond strive to show true face of Islam”, Richmond Times Dispatch, September 7, 2011. http://www.richmond.com/archive/article_8c9d2ab9-1c7b-5289-be2b-703695d4f53e.html

Karin Kapsidelis, “Artist creates project to denounce terrorism”, Richmond Times Dispatch, January 8, 2010. http://www.richmond.com/news/article_90134eb2-b753-5586-8924-5fa08f9ac90f.html

“Zero Hour” with Tim Bowring, (interview) WRIR Radio, Richmond, VA, 2010

Article, Written on Cloth”, Style Weekly, January 14, 2009

Bob Paris, “As if Human”, Surfing the Spectacle, 2008  http://surfingthespectacle.com/?p=224

Press Release: 1708 Gallery, Art for All, The Examiner online, 2008

Michael Paul Williams, “VCU students’ moving exhibit tells stories of homeless” (feature), Richmond Times Dispatch, April 15, 2007. http://www.richmond.com/news/article_a1245c13-195d-5a04-9e86-f3520419ab9e.html



2013   MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2007   BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

1997   Advance Level Studies, Cambridge University, British Council, Karachi, Pakistan


Academic Teaching Positions

2013-  Affiliate Graduate Faculty Member, Graduate School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2014-  Part-Time Faculty, Department of Art and Art History, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

2008-2017   Adjunct Professor, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2009-2011   Part-Time Faculty, School of Arts and Humanities, John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, VA


Academic Teaching

University of Richmond

Introduction to Drawing – Department of Arts and Humanities

Figure Drawing – Department of Arts and Humanities

Introduction to Film, Video, and Sound – Department of Arts and Humanities

Advance Film and Video – Department of Arts and Humanities


Virginia Commonwealth University

Graduate Thesis Committee Member – Department of Design and Department of Kinetic Imaging

Experimental Animation – Department of Kinetic Imaging

Electronic Animation I – Department of Kinetic Imaging

Animation I, II, and III – Department of Kinetic Imaging

Animated Motion – Department of Kinetic Imaging

Animation Survey – Department of Kinetic Imaging

Time-Based Studio – Department of Art Foundation

Project Sound, Video, and Animation – Department of Art Foundation


John Tyler Community College

Animation I

Animation II


Related Experience

2008-2010      Gallery Owner, ISHQ Fine Arts Gallery and Textile Studio, Richmond, VA

2009           Freelance Print Media Designer, “ESPN, Women’s Leadership Conference”, Play, Richmond, VA

2009           Freelance Designer, Pepsi Bottling Company, Charlottesville, VA

2005-2006      Live News Cameraman and Cyron Graphics Operator, CBS, Richmond, VA

2005           Production Assistant, Park Group Inc. Richmond, VA

2003           Retail Store Designer and Merchandizer, Evergreen Products, Richmond, VA