Hurmat Ul Ain graduated from the National College of Arts with a distinction and a passion for theatres but very little actual painting skills.
She then pursued her ideal manifestation of ‘Performance in Visual Art’ at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she was studying as a Fulbright Scholar.She received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts Studio with emphasis on Performance studies, Experimental writing and Mix Media Art. Her work explores structures of interpersonal exchange, memory and fictionalization of memory in re-enactment. Her work has a narrative quality that is quite often dependent on time as a medium and the presence of the artist’s own self in space.
Humor is often employed to subvert the power dynamics of the presence of the artist’s image in the work as subject and object both. Hurmat believes that teaching is a very important role for art practitioners as it includes collaboration, participatory practices and relational aesthetics; all forms crucial to the performance-based art forms and the performance of the everyday. Her work has been shown at several places in Pakistan and internationally at Today Art Museum (Beijing), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (Japan), JamJar (Dubai), Chicago and Ikon Gallery (UK) among others.