Regulated access, secrecy, and isolation defined the conditions in which Hajra Waheed spent her formative years. These conditions have informed elements of her practice, which is characterized by a vocabulary of cryptic messages, repeated patterns, coded symbols, and texts. Prompted by news accounts and extensive research, Waheed uses complex narrative structures to explore issues surrounding covert power, mass surveillance, cultural distortion and the trauma and alienation of displaced subjects via mass migration.
Asia Art Archive in America hosted a presentation by the artist that introduced a select number of past projects and expand on her ongoing inquiry into issues of surveillance, covert power, and methods of documentation.
Hajra Waheed (b. 1980, Canada) lives and works in Montréal. Her multidisciplinary practice ranges from interactive installations to collage, video, sound and sculpture. Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, most recently the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, VIVA ARTE VIVA, Venice (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016); Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); L’avenir (Looking Forward), La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (2014). Waheed’s works can be found in permanent collections including MOMA, New York; British Museum, London; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.