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Tayyab Tariq

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Lahore, Pakistan

Birth year

Lives in
Lahore, Pakistan

Works in


Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan., 2013, Visual Arts

Representing galleries
Gallery-21 Moscow, Russia


Artist Statement

My practices genre is installation and sculpture. For the past several years, I have focused my work around two disciplines: humanism and anthropology. Examining this premise – that humans are the most respectable creature of the discovered universe – triggered me in-depth analysis of anthropological views on humans. I ask these questions: what does humanism mean to us, and what is humanism, actually?

A basic tenet of humanism is that our superior standing as a species obliges us to share knowledge, ideas, and theories, to discuss and debate them, to care for the environment and all creatures as well as each other, and to seek practical implementations of this ethic under real circumstances. Unfortunately, humans dismiss such discussions as the unattainable wish for a utopia. Anthropological research suggests a vast difference between the practice of humanism and the actual behavior of the human race. Our technological progress has focused solely on providing comfort and convenience to humans while destroying and disturbing the lives and habitats of all other creatures. Moreover, it has been scientifically proven to destroy our very climate.

Anthropology holds that the story of human beings is to seek solutions to overcome human problems. But a humanistic stance contradicts this, and suggests that we create problems in order to struggle for solutions. War, climate change, pollution, and disease are all problems humans have generated themselves. I examine the reasons we list ourselves as superior to all other creatures, even as our behavior contradicts humanist principles. My work comments on these conflicting but seemingly intractable conditions of human existence.


2012  I got selected for the INSPIRE project. INSPIRE is the British Council sponsored knowledge exchang program.The project that aims significantly strengthen academic  and research partnerships between UK and Pakistan Higher Education Institutions.

2011  Got selected for 100% scholarship consistently for 2 years at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore Pakistan.

Art work Selection by international committees

2015  International Selections Committee selected my work to show in the X Edition of the Florence Biennale 

2014  Blooom Award by warsteiner Top 50 artists out-of-1200 from around the world

Solo Show

2014 Solo Exhibition “Contrapposto” at “Gallery-21” Moscow, Russia.

Group Shows

2015 Artificial Life’ 22nd May, at CCA Winzavod Moscow, Russia.

2015 International Video Art Festival (FIAV) April in Casablanca Morocco.

2015 Hybrid Identities International art Expo in Venice, Italy

2014 Manifesta 10  at Saint Petersburg & parallel show Artificial Life  Gallery-21.

2013 Thesis Show “Neo Presence” at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore Pakistan.

2013 “The Story of the Creative”  An international Exhibition at SEE.ME Gallery New York.

2012 “Day After tomorrow” at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore Pakistan.

2012 “International Women’s Day” at Nairang Art Gallery Lahore Pakistan.

2011 “DIALOGUE 1” at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore Pakistan.

2010 Red Hot” at Alhamra Arts Gallery Lahore Pakistan.

2009Young Artist’s Exhibition”  at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore Pakistan.

2008 Youth Show”  at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore Pakistan.

Curatorial Project

2013 A Solo show by William Titley (UK based Artist) “Lahore Chandigarh” at Alhamra Art Gallery Lahore.

Academic Education

2013 B.F.A in “Visual Artsfrom Beaconhouse National University Lahore, Pakistan.

2007 Diploma in “Traditional Arts” and “Design from Naqsh School of Arts Lahore. 

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