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Basir Mahmood (b. 1985 Lahore, Pakistan) studied in Lahore at the Beaconhouse National University. Soon, after he received a year-long fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011.  Later, he was also awarded a two years-long Research-Fellowship from the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, for the years 2016 and 2017. In order to engage with situations around him, he ponders upon embedded social and historical terrains of the ordinary, as well as his personal milieu. Using video, film or photograph, Mahmood weaves various threads of thoughts, findings and insights into poetic sequences and various forms of narratives.

Since 2011, his works have been widely shown, including at: The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012; III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, 2012; Inaugural Show of Broad Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2012; Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 7), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2012; Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, 2013; Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, 2015; Yinchuan Biennial, Yichuan, 2016; Abraaj Group Art Prize Show, Dubai, 2016; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, 2017; Tableaux Vivants, Foundation Etrillard, Paris, 2017; 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018; and, Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2018.

Besides being part of various private collections, his works have been acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery collection in Brisbane, Australia; Stedelijk Museum, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and The Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts, Cnap), Paris, France.



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