Ali Kazim

Study for Man of Faith Series

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Year 2020
Medium Watercolour pigments on paper
Dimensions 30 x 20.9

About the work

This watercolour is part of Kazim’s Man and Women of Faith series (2019 and ongoing), in which the artist explores the physical and psychological implications of tattoos. The tattoos on this man are literally skin deep and perhaps the artist is suggesting that similarly the subject’s beliefs are embedded in their skin. The process of making a tattoo – injecting the skin with ink – could be compared to the way in which Kazim embeds pigment within the grain of paper through successive applications of watercolour pigment alternated with soaking the paper in water.

About the artist:

Born 1979 Pakistan, Ali Kazim lives and works in Lahore. Graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2011); and National College of Arts, Lahore (2002).

Kazim’s work is held in public and private collections including Metropolitan Museum New York; British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum London; Queensland Art Gallery Australia; Burger Collection Hong Kong; Creative Cities Collection Beijing; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Samdani Foundation, Dhaka; and Kemal Lazar Foundation.

Selected solo exhibitions include Of Darkness and Light, Rohtas II, Lahore (2016); Untitled installation (hair sculpture), Rohtas II, Lahore (2015); Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2013); Rider, Green Cardamom, London (2009); Cartwright Hall Gallery, Bradford (2008); and Sacred Souls, Secret Lives, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts Gallery, New York and Green Cardamom, London (2006). Selected group exhibitions include Lahore Biennale 01 & 02 (2018 &2020); Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane (2018); Karachi Biennale 01 and 02 (2017& 2019); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2017 &2019); Human Image: master pieces of figurative art from the British Museum, Seoul Arts Center (2016); The Missing One, OCA, Oslo (2016); Dust, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2015); Ethereal, Leilah Heller Gallery, New York (2014); Portraits, Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis and London (2013); Treasures of the World’s Culture, Museumsmeile, Bonn (2012); and Drawn from life, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal and touring (2011).

Residencies include the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; The Art House Residency, Wakefield; and Art OMI Residency, New York. Awards include the inaugural Karachi Biennale jury prize; finalist for the Catlin Prize; The Land Securities Studio Award, London; and Melvill Nettleship Prize for Figure Composition, UCL, London.

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