b. 1985, Lahore, Pakistan.
In order to engage with situations around him, Basir Mahmood ponders upon embedded social and historical terrains of the ordinary, as well as his personal milieu. Using video, film or photograph, he weaves various threads of thoughts, findings and insights into poetic sequences that coalesce into ever re-instituting forms of narratives.
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 residencies in five different countries, including at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, that ended in 2017.
His works has been widely shown, including at The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012; III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia, 2012; Inaugural Show of Broad Museum, Michigan State University, 2012; Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 7) at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2012; Sharjah Biennial 11. (2013); Des hommes, des mondes at college des bernardins, Paris, 2014; Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015; Yinchuan Biennial, Yinchuan, 2016 , China; Abraaj Group Art Prize show, 2016, Dubai; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen 2017; Tableaux Vivants, Foundation Etrillard, Paris 2017, France; 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2018, Germany; Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2018 and Innsbruck international biennial, 2020.
Mahmood has received accolades from around the world for his work, having received at least eight grants and awards, including by The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Mondrian Fonds, Sharjah Art Foundation, Videobrasil and SAI Harvard University. Most recently, he is listed as a finalist for Portugal's prestigious and highly competitive, Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize 2020.
Finally, Mahmood remains an academic who teaches and delivers talks at notable art institutions around the globe, and curated a video program Video Club at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
He lives and works between Amsterdam and Lahore.