ASIM WAQIF

Untitled IV, 2013,
Acetone print on paper,
23 x 31.5cm,
AW -01

Etching 2,

Photo-transfer etching on aluminum,

53×40 cm

AW -03

Untitled I. 2013

Photograph on aluminum,

34 x 51 cm

AW- 02

Untitled II, 2013 

Photo print on aluminum

34 x 51 cms 

AW -04

Biography

Waqif has held solo shows at Nature Morte, New Delhi; Galerie Templon, Paris; Palais Tokyo, Paris; Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, Canada; and Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai. His works have also been exhibited at the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center, Italy; Srihata-Samdani Sculpture Park, Bangladesh; Colomboscope, Sri Lanka; Asia Pacific Triennal 8 at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the Queens Museum, New York; Blain/Southern Gallery, Berlin; the Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon; and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida.

About the Work 

Asim Waqif (born 1978, Hyderabad) studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. After initially working as an art director for film and television, he later started making independent videos and documentaries before moving into a dedicated art practice. His recent projects have attempted to crossover between architecture, art, and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban planning (or the lack thereof) and the politics of occupying, intervening in, and using public spaces. Some of his projects have developed within abandoned and derelict buildings in the city that act like hidden activity spaces for the marginalized. Concerns of ecology and anthropology often weave through his work and he has done extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with respect to water, waste, and architecture. His artworks often employ manual processes that are deliberately painstaking and laborious while the products themselves are often temporary and sometimes even designed to decay. He has worked in sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography, and more recently with large-scale interactive installations that combine traditional and new media technologies.