Exhibited : ‘Asim Waqif Solo Exhibition : Residual Fear’ 10th March - 5th May, 2018 at Nature Morte, Delhi.
Provenance : Property of an important Delhi based collector, artwork was acquired by the present owner from Nature Morte.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Asim Waqif was born in the year 1978 in Hyderabad, India. He studied architecture at the School of
Planning and Architecture, Delhi. His career started with him working as an art director with films and
television. This led him to make independent documentaries and videos, which eventually paved way for
his inclination towards art as a full-fledged practice. For Asim, his concerns pertaining to ecology and
anthropology seemingly find their way into his works, both as a theme and construct. His works have a
tendency to turn as much toward art as design yet are always closely linked to town planning and
policies that exist for the use of public space, subjects he is personally rather well versed with. He has
done extensive research on the vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with regards
to waste, water and architecture. His more recent projects have a strong contextual reference to
contemporary urban planning, or rather the lack of it, and the disregard when it comes to using public
spaces, with no regulation of any kind. The creation of an urban image does not interest him as much as
what it takes to build it. The idealisation, demolition, deconstruction and all the stages that come in-
between, are central to his installations, each of which are backed up by extensive research, as the
notion of context is exceedingly important for his practice. As a result, Asim’s works show a true blend
of tradition and technology that is nothing short of poetic.
His artworks are known to bear manual processes that are deliberately painstaking and laborious while
the products themselves are often temporary and sometimes even designed to decay. He has worked in
sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography, and more recently with large-scale
interactive installations that combine traditional and new media technologies. 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. The artist lives and works in Delhi.