Arshia Haq

213.280.5112 |
2122 ½ Santa Ynez St. | Los Angeles, CA 90026
Born in Hyderabad, India
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

• California Institute of the Arts, MFA in Film and Video with a concentration in New Media, 2005
• Northwestern University, BA in Comparative Literature & Spanish minor with honors, 1999
• Where Do You Want Ghosts To Reside, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA 2020
• The Second Coming of Fatima, solo show, Visitor Welcome Center, 2019
• Hoard Inaugural, Investigations on Archiving, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, 2019
• Screen: MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, 2019
• Omniaudience, “Sama: Listening to the Divine Music” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2019
• Tomorrow We Inherit The Earth, Counterpulse, San Francisco, CA, 2019
• The Center Is Not Holding, Real Pain Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA, 2019
• Ajnabi Milan (Strangers’ Union), Unraveling Collective Forms, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los
Angeles, CA 2019
• The International Expanded Field, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA 2019
• The Ascension, Women In Windows, Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles, CA 2019
• Cyclic, Blessed Be group show, MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ, 2018
• Solution, group show, Station Museum, Houston, TX, 2018
• Oracle, group show, The Vortex, Los Angeles, CA 2018
• Discostan vs. the Sand Ninja, group performance, La Zona Rosa, Los Angeles, CA 2018
• Postcards from the Disorient, Oracle group show, Broad Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2017
• Sama: The Divine Listening Room, Now Hear This! Group show, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA, 2017
• Happy Birthday Mr. President, Reconstitution group show, LAX Art, Los Angeles, CA 2017
• A Hopeful World, performance for Jimena Sarno’s home away from, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,
Los Angeles, CA 2017
• It’s My Party, Experimental Media Performance Lab, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA 2016
• The Cave of the Silken Web, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2016
• Dar Shez Riff, Last Projects, Los Angeles, CA 2016
• In North Africa 1971 to 1997: In Conversation with Aisha Ali, Velaslavasy Panorama, Los Angeles, 2016
• fadeinfadeout, Analog Dissident, Los Angeles, CA, 2015
A site-specific exhibition oriented around sound, addressing issues of displacement, curated by Jimena Sarno
• The Silent Parade, sound piece for a score conceptualized by Jimena Sarno, commissioned by Susanne
Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, 2015
• Discostan: The Psychedelic Islamic State, Los Angeles Islam Arts Initiative, 2014, curated by Amitis Motevalli
• Filmforum, 2019
• Echo Park Film Center, 2018
• Centre Georges Pompidou, 2008
• Museum of Modern Art New York Tomorrowland, 2006
• University of California Irvine Global Visions, 2006
• Toronto International Film Festival Wavelengths Program, 2005
• International Flaherty Seminar, 2005
• Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, 2005
• Pacific Film Archive, 2005
• Hockenhull Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Fine Arts, Washington State University, 2020
• Transfeminist Discourses: In Conversation with Sayak Valencia, Carolina Caycedo, Monica Rodriguez Medina,
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2019
• Rites of Twilight: Queer Performance at the Ends of the Earth with Cassils and Ron Athey, Occidental College,
• Visiting Artist, Otis College, 2019
• Culture Clash: panel discussion with Yasmine Diaz, Rema Ghuloum, and Gazelle Samizay, WCCW, 2018
• Devotion Salon, Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles, CA 2016
• Black Med, Invernomuto, Manifestia Biennial, Palermo, 2018
• Line of Control, Norient, 2014
• Artadia Los Angeles Finalist, 2020
• University of Southern California Civic Media Fellow, 2019-2020
• California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship, 2019
• Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Fellowship, 2019
• Onassis Artist In Residence, 2019
• Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grantee, 2019
• Montalvo Artist Residency Fellowship, 2015-2018
• AIR New Voices Scholar, 2015
• LA Islam Arts Initiative/Department of Cultural Affairs Public Arts Grantee 2013-2014
• Moozis, Curator and Programmer at Women’s Center for Creative Work, 2017
• Discostan, Founder and Creative Director of Artist Collective, 2011-ongoing
A Los Angeles-based popup presenting music, performance and intervention of the Muslim diaspora, now in
its seventh year.
• USC Pakistan Arts Council, Auxiliary Board Member and Arts Curator, 2014-2017
• “Beyond Disco: Nermin Niazi and Feisal Mosleh”, podcast produced for KCRW’s Lost Notes Season 2, airing
June 6, 2019
• “The Incredible Journey of Aisha Ali”, podcast produced for KCRW’s Lost Notes Season 1, featured on PRI’s
The World, 2018
• “Arshia Haq’s Sufi Songs”, Open End with Frosty on Red Bull Radio, 2018
• Radio Discostan for NTS, 2017-present
• “Performance Now” with John Tain and Carol Cheh, KCHUNG Radio, 2014
• Radio Discostan for Dublab, 2014-present
• Radio Discostan for Radio Sombra, 2013-2014
• Kajal Magazine, “LA’s Discostan Blends Archiving with Music and Performance”, 2018
• A Dance Mag, “Tales of a Sound Seeker”, 2018
• Ishq Ke Maare, Sublime Frequencies, full-length LP of field recordings from Sufi shrines in Pakistan, 2017
• Culture Trip, “Discostan’s Mastermind Arshia Haq”,
• Brown Book Dubai, Sound Feature, Winter 2015
• Artbound KCET, “Place of Disco:The Republic of Discostan”, Gary Dauphin, 2014
• Good Magazine, “Discostan and the Psychedelic Islamic State”,, 2014
• LA Weekly, “Discostan: Music from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay”, 2014