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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


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.


5th 2015 Showcase Entry


Tayyab Tariq CONSCIENTIA (The Conversation)

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