Awarded Portrait of Britain 2018 by the British Journal of Photography and, nominated as one of the 100 Heroines in Photography by the Royal Photographic Society. British photographer Maryam Wahid (b. 1995) photographs her identity as a South Asian Muslim. Her profound interest in multiculturalism allows her to display concepts of cultural diversity and attempts to challenge common misconceptions of Islam through the art of her work. Maryam expresses the origins of the Pakistani community in Birmingham by exploring her deeply rooted family history and the mass integration of migrants within the United Kingdom. Her academic background in Art, Photography and Religious Studies alongside her fascination in cultural cognition and religious ideologies have progressively influenced her work. She intends to continue expressing her religious and cultural identity by challenging recurring stereotypes.

Education

BA - (Hons) in Photography, Birmingham City University, 2018.

Grants & Awards

British Council & Arts Council England: Transforming Narratives- research and development in Birmingham and Pakistan, 2019

RBSA & Argentea Gallery: Photographic Prize, 2019.

Royal Photographic Society: Nominated 100 Heroines of Photography, 2018.

British Journal of Photography: Portrait of Britain, 2018.

Grain: Photography Award, 2018.

Exhibitions

National Museum Gdańsk— Women from the Pakistani Diaspora, 2019.  

Format Festival, The Hijab & Women from the Pakistani Diaspora in England, 2019.

Open Eye Gallery, 209 Women- Portrait of Pauline Latham, 2019.

The Hijab & Women from the Pakistani Diaspora in England— Argentea Gallery, 2019.

Pauline Latham, 209 Women— Portcullis House London, 2019.

Women From the Pakistani Diaspora in England, The Hijab & The Nikab— Inspired Festival, 2018.

Women From the Pakistani Diaspora in England & The Hijab— Free Range Shows London, 2018.

Commissions

209 Women, 2018.

The Peoples Picture- The Face of Suffrage, 2018.

Publications 

British Journal of Photography— Hoxton Mini Press, Portrait of Britain Book, 2018.

Elephant Art: Image of the Day (online Article), Women from the Pakistani Diaspora in England, 2018.

Talks

Creating Photographs on Self Identity— Argentea Gallery, 2019. 

Critical Contemplation: on Competition— Photofusion, 2019.

When Women Gather— Royal Photographic Society, 2019.

Gender Bias: Is the Future Female?— National Photography Symposium (RedEye) 2018.

Developing Sustainable Projects at University— Birmingham City University, 2018.

Media

BBC East Midlands— Online interview for 62 Gladstone Street Gallery.

BBC Asian Network— Filmed interview of Maryam Wahid, British South Asian’s in extraordinary professions.

BBC: Women from the Pakistani Diaspora in England —- online article.