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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

From the past 7 years, I am practicing art experimentally, at the same having specific ‘school of thought’ in mind is the most common part of my art making process. Humanism, psychology, behaviorism, anthropology all concern regarding human, identity, progress, socially influenced lives and non-social but individual-life-to-Climate-Change. These versatile genres split my artwork into different series. The larger part of artwork is inspire/influenced by humanism which is in order to reflect post-industrial-society. I ask these questions: what does humanism mean to us, and what is humanism, actually? Examining these premises – that humans are the most respectable but most complex creature of the discovered universe – triggered me in-depth analysis on human in relationship with humanism.

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, pollution, diseases now climate change to terrorism all are the problems humans have generated themselves. I examine the reasons we consider 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.


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

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.

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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