Between the Lines: An Artist Talk by Hajra Waheed
Tuesday, February 13, 7:00pm
Asia Art Archive in America
43 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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.
Please join us for a presentation by the artist that will introduce 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.
Image caption: Portrait of Artist in Studio, Courtesy of Hajra Waheed, Photo Credit: Kaveh Nabatian, 2014.