Current Artist Residencies
Residency dates - 25 August to 25 September
Ashok Vish's practice draws from his training as a filmmaker and interests in other aspects of image-making such as video and photography. His work has been an examination of the complexities of human identity, especially questioned identities against the larger context of our society. Following a research-based practice, other ideas of sexual identity, gender roles and social pressure are at the core of his interests. Vish places emphasis on exploring the associations between human emotions & adversity and their corresponding public and personal personas. This affords him the opportunity to investigate the relation between the imagery of fictional worlds and the conditions of reality, and sometimes merging both fiction and non-fiction with each other. His overriding objective for all of his projects has been to create narratives, whether linear or abstract, that, in turn, open up spaces for greater engagement between audience and imagery, between viewers and subjects, because doing so helps to bridge the seemingly wide chasms that separate "us" from "them".
Vish's films have screened in several film festivals such as the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Chelsea Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, StarLite Film Festival, at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City and the Full On Film festival at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Vish's film 'A Boy Called Boris' was screened at 1Shanthiroad studio/gallery as part of a group exhibition titled 'Much to say', showcased along with paintings by visual artist Bhuvanesh Kumar. Apart from his films, Vish's video art and photography have shown at galleries such as A.M (Art Multi- disciplines) Studio in Kolkata, Art Konsult in Delhi, Gallery Sumukha in Bangalore, Art Houz in Bangalore, MaximiliansForum in Munich. Vish was also selected for the 2018 'PEERS Share' programme organized by Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi and participated in an artist residency at Lichtenberg Studios in Berlin, Germany on August 2018.
Born in Kuwait (1984), Ibrahim Ahmed spent his childhood between Bahrain and Egypt before moving to the US at the age of thirteen. In 2014, he relocated to Cairo, where he currently lives and works in the informal neighbourhood of Ard El Lewa. Ahmed's manipulations of material, especially textile, are informed by research into the histories and movements of people and objects. His works in mixed media, sculpture, and installation engage with subjects related to colonisation, structures of power, cultural interactions, and fluid identity, generating discussion around ideas of the self and notions of authenticity within the parameters of the nation-state.
Ahmed has shown his work in solo exhibitions at Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2019); Gallery Nosco, Marseille (2018); Volta Art Fair, New York (2016); Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2016); artellewa art space, Cairo (2014); and Solo(s) Project House, Newark (2010). His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Sharjah Art Museum, Dakar Biennial, Havana Biennial, Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, No Longer Empty, New York, Swab Barcelona, and the Dubai Design District.
Ibrahim Ahmed is represented by Sara Zanin Gallery in Rome, Italy and Gallery Nosco in Marseille, France.
Academic in Residence
Tasawar Bashir (QRU – Qawwali Research Unit, University of Birmingham)
Tasawar and associates will map the abundance of Islamic sounds and music that occur in Hyson Green . He will explore what can be said about them and how they are experienced by intervewing local residents. During the year Tasawar will also share his academic journey, doctoral research on Sufi sound and music, in a series of talks, collaborations, and listening labs involving BEAST - a spectacularly impressive soundsystem - found in the dome of the award-winning Bramall building at the University of Birmingham. Are you part of the QRU?
Tasawar Bashir is doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham. His adventures and studies in Modern Qawwali are funded by Midlands3Cities and AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. More information
The Occupations Programme is an opportunity for local artists, groups and organisations to animate the space at NAE. This season we are working with:
Faiths in Action
Image credit: Still from The Boys of Ramlila by Ashok Vish