Saroop Soofi is a visual artist, researcher and art educationist born in Lahore, Pakistan. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours and specialized in Sculpture from National College of Arts (Lahore) in 2009. Soofi continued with her research on identity politics, postcolonial theory, diaspora and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Fine Arts in 2017 on the unceded Musqueam territory.
She has years of teaching experience and has taught Visual Arts nationally and internationally at the University of British Columbia (Canada) Kinnard College and National College of Arts (Pakistan).
Soofi's art practice takes the form of fabric sculptures, real animal skins and public performances combining mixed media (her public performances stem from her extensive training in theatre and acting).
Art Historian Samina Siddique from UBC reflects on Soofi's art practice in the following words:
"Concerned with the complexities of Otherness, and with the cultural violences, Soofi, through her diasporic experiences, attempts to enrich her body of work by reflecting on her ethnic Punjabi identity, and the dynamics of its sociocultural and political relationships with several regional communities within and outside Pakistan." (refer to CRITICS ON MY WORK for the full review).
Ignacio Adriasola, an Art Historian from UBC comments on Soofi's art:
"Saroop Soofi engages in a displacement of signifiers. Drawing on forms laden with reference to traditional Punjabi folk-tales and cultural practices, Soofi sharply questions the legacy of British colonialism in the Indian Subcontinent, as well as the nationalist violence engendered in its aftermath. " (refer to CRITICS ON MY WORK for the full review).
Renownwed Art Critic Quddus Mirza describes Soofi's work in the following words:
"Soofi’s attempt to approach issues of great importance through a language that is rare is commendable. Her metaphors translate her message and make it understandable. The diction of animals used in her works, invokes base attitudes within us, which have become basic instinct these days. Soofi performs the actual (and expected) task of a creative individual: of being a mirror that is more real than reality."
Soofi's work has been exhibited in solo and group shows including Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver), UBC AHVA Gallery, Alhamrah Art Gallery (Lahore).
She has received the following awards; B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship 2015, Faculty of Arts Graduate Award 2014, International Student Award in 2016, Best Young Artists of Pakistan Award by Alhamrah Arts Council in 2012.
Soofi is currently based in Vancouver and continues her research and studio practice from Canada.