Live

Asim Waqif

Nature Morte, New Delhi

Detail of the prototype for This is a Demonstration developed in the artist’s studio. Courtesy: the artist & Nature Morte, New Delhi; photograph by: the artist

Detail of the prototype for This is a Demonstration developed in the artist’s studio. Courtesy: the artist & Nature Morte, New Delhi; photograph by: the artist

This is a demonstration

Asim Waqif’s 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. 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.

For Live, an object is created and then broken down and smashed, before being reassembled and brutalized, revealing elements of the creative process.

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 video and documentaries before moving into a dedicated art practice. Waqif has held solo shows at Nature Morte, New Delhi and Galerie Templon, Paris in 2013, and the Palais Tokyo, Paris in 2012. His works have recently been included in the 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.