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Born in Pakistan and today based between Lahore and Amsterdam, Basir Mahmood (b. 1985) is known for using media such as video, film and photograph to create poetic sequences that contemplate embedded social and historical terrains of the ordinary as well as his personal milieu. The narratives of his work are often based within and around everyday objects, gestures, situations and events. They explore the spaces that stretch between identity, distance, memory, fantastical imagination of others, and a melancholy that derives from social injustice and inequity as well as from social structure and hierarchy. Here, Mahmood explores his own position as an artist by adopting multiple roles including: as an author who writes narratives; an initiator who sets in motion collisions of people and improvised scenarios to create original stories; as an observer who teleports in or out of the everyday situations he is observing to see intimately from within and from without; and as a withdrawn subject, for example as a disengaged onlooker on a main street.

His career began with a year-long fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2011. Thereafter, he went on to participate in artist residencies in five different countries, including, and most notably, at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2016-17. 

Mahmood has received accolades from around the world for his work. He has received grants, such as the Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme Grant, Sharjah (2016) and Stipendium for Established Artists, Mondriaan Fonds, The Netherlands (2018-22); and, awards, including Sesc_Videobrasil residency prize, Brazil (2013), Emerging Artist Award SAI Harvard University, USA (2015), shortlist at The Abraaj Group Art Prize (2016), VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize, Italy (2017), Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize, Portugal (2020), and Ammodo Tiger Short Award, Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2021). 

His works haves been widely shown, including at The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Inaugural Show of Broad Museum, Michigan State University (2012); Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 7) at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2012); Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia (2012); Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE (2013); Des hommes, des mondes at college des bernardins, Paris (2014); Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2015); Abraaj Group Art Prize show, Dubai (2016); Yinchuan Biennial, Yinchuan, China (2016); Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, Germany (2017); Tableaux Vivants, Foundation Etrillard, Paris, (2017); Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2018); 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Germany (2018); Karachi Biennale 2 (2019); Innsbruck International Biennial, Austria (2020); Lahore Biennale 2, Pakistan (2020) and EURASIA- A landscape of mutability, M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerpen, Belgium (2021).

Besides being part of various private collections, Mahmood's works have beenare acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery collection in Brisbane, Australia; The Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts, Cnap), France; FRAC (Fonds régional d'art contemporain) Bretagne, France and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Finally, Mahmood remains an academic who teaches and delivers talks at notable art institutions around the globe, and has served as Curator of Stedelijk Museum Video Club x IDFA, Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2018.

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Solo Exhibition: KINDL –Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2021-22, Germany.

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Basir Mahmood, Mascarilla 19, Premiere at MAXXI Museum, October 14, 2020 from Fondazione In Between Art Film on Vimeo.

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International Film Festival Rotterdam: Basir Mahmood and Daniel Blanga Gubbay in conversation about Sunsets, everyday

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Basir Mahmood: A memory, a monument, a material
Harvard South Asia Institute Arts Seminar, Harvard University.

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Basir Mahmood in Talk with Mrs Salima Hashmi who curated the show 'All Divided Equally'. Listen to Basir as he explains his methodology and the experiences that brought him to where he is today.

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Basir Talks about his work and experience with Mrs Salima Hashmi, Sameera Raja and Shahnaz Ismail on the Opening of his Show 'All Divided Equally' at Canvas Gallery - 31st August 2018 till 11th September 2018

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Basir Mahmood’s 12 films are being screened at an exhibition ‘I watch you do’ in an art gallery in Brussels. The exhibition will continue for two more weeks. “This is my biggest effort ever as I am showcasing my works spanning over last ten years of my life,” Basir told Geo News. “I have put experiences I gathered from Brazil, Japan, Germany, and Turkey, at a single place.” My work details about the surrounding, he said. If I am in Brazil, my work will reflect the Brazil atmosphere and if I’m standing in Lahore’s Lunda Bazar, I’ll film about Lunda Bazar, he pointed out.

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Basir Mahmood | 18º Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc_Videobrasil

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Future 3: "Thank you for coming" with Basir Mahmood
»Thank you for coming«, screening and talk with the video artist Basir Mahmood, Lahore, Pakistan, Rijksakademie Residency scholarship holder, Amsterdam, moderated by Doris Krystof, curator of the NRW art collection (in English)

Recording of the event from September 29th, 2016

The research project "museum global" was initiated and is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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صباح النور│"Eyes Recently Seen" by Basir Mahmood - Letitia Gallery Beirut
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