Zainab Hussain is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator based in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2014 and is currently in her second-year of as a MFA candidate there. She has exhibited her work in Canada and the United States, notably at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee, and Shirin Gallery in New York City. She is the recipient of the Ineke Harmina Standish Award, the Suzanne Rivard-Le Moyne first prize and was a long list nominee for the Scotia Bank New Generation Photo Award.
Working in photography, paint, textiles, sound, plants, text, and installation, Hussain is interested in the intertwining of multiple histories and narratives, the notions of untranslatability, what is hidden and revealed, and the authenticity of memory and identity. She is especially interested in the way fashion plays a role in constructing identity and acts as a screen between the self and the other. The fabrics she uses are always either a cast off or part of a precious collection, as she is interested in the histories and narratives held within fabric.