Waseem Ahmed

Born in 1976 - Pakistan


Ahmed was born in Hyderabad, in the southern part of Pakistan. Today the artist is a key player on the scene of contemporary miniature painting joining a number of South Asian artists that use tradition as a means towards innovation. “The very tradition of miniature painting, particularly the Mughal style which is promoted as Pakistan’s cultural heritage, has become the inspiration for some of the most radical contemporary art work in Pakistan today”. (Virginia Whiles).

Ahmed’s inspiration mostly comes from classical and traditional eastern and western art as well as from common people around him with whom he interacts daily. As he writes: “I observe how these people change with changing (social, religious and political) times. I also try to create an understanding between thinking of intellectuals and common people I come across in my everyday life. Presently, my work is more focused on the current social and political issues faced by the Islamic world and to which I am an eye witness on daily basis.

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Depuis 1993, le travail d’Ahmed a été exposé dans des musées et galeries au Pakistan, en Australie, Grèce, France, Inde, au Japon, Népal, en Suisse, Turquie et au Royaume Uni. Gowen Contemporary est la seule galerie qui représente l’artiste en Europe. Elle a réalisé des expositions d'Ahmed en 2010, 2013, 2014 et 2015. Les œuvres d’Ahmed se trouvent dans d’importantes collections privées et publiques, comme le Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Berlin, Le British Museum de Londres, les Virginia Whiles Collections (UK), les Anupam Podar Collections (India), le Salima Hashmi (Pakistan). Ahmed a été le premier artiste en résidence au Musée d’Art Asiatique de Berlin, participant au Humboldt Lab project, en 2014-2015. Le projet a inclut une exposition personnelle de l’artiste (commissaire d’exposition : Martina Stye) à la fin de sa résidence.

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