Born in pakistan and worked and lived across South Asia .Masooma’s art trajectory has been unusual as artist and art academic . She Practiced and taught art in several universities and art schools across South Asia like National Collage of Arts , Beaconhouse National University and Indus valley School in Pakistan , School Of Culture And Creative expressions ,Ambedkar University ,Delhi , Kathmandu University ,Nepal , Theertha School of Art, colombo and Swami Vipula Anand School Of Aesthetic ,Batticaloa in SriLanka. She is the recipient of Commonwealth Fellowship of Art and craft ,Australia , HAT ,Here and There ,art and craft fellowship ,Manchester University and most rcent is Research fellowship at Post Graduate Institute of Archeology , Kelaniya University ,SriLanka.
Her works have been exhibited widely and Internationally, such as Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Japan; Harris Museum, Black Burn Museum, England, Metropolitan Museum Tokyo, Apex Art, New York and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, and NGMA, Mumbai apart from showing with galleries like Rohtas Art Gallery, Lahore, Gallery Ske, Delhi/ Bangalore, Vadehra Art Gallery Delhi and Red Dot in Colombo.
Syed’s art practice invloves intricate processes ,layered ideas of duality , reality and fiction in nation theories , cullture propagandas and histories as battleground. DIverse mediums are also account of her own life as a woman in historically, socially and politically conflicted space and times of conflicted borders , contested bodies , migrations and chaos . Visuals are conundrum! Kitsch is celebrated,Convention is flouted. Slickness is derided. There is flippant dismisal and protest , in the use of ‘’ephemeral ‘’over’’ the permanent ‘’