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Tayyab Tariq

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Lahore, Pakistan

Lives in
Lahore, Pakistan

Works in


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

Representing galleries
Gallery-21 Moscow, Russia


Artist Statement

From the age of 17, I am practicing art experimentally. My art making process start from "blank abstract thought in my head" because it doesn't interest me what I know, to pretend not knowing the known but search the myth which is yet unknown to me. With ‘blank school of thought’ I shape and forming sculpture is the most common part of my "art making" process. On the other side theories like Humanism, psychology, behaviorism, anthropology all concern regarding human, identity, progress, socially influenced lives and non-social but individual-life-to-Climate-Change, all these versatile genres split my artwork into different series. The larger part of the artwork is 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 the 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 changes to terrorism all are the problems humans have generated themselves. I examine the reasons that we consider ourselves as superior to all other creatures; even our behavior contradicts humanist principles. My work comments on these conflicting but seemingly intractable conditions of human existence.


2016  German Blooom Award by warsteiner listed among Top 70 artists of 2016 out-of-2500 from around the world.

2016 Sarah Lawrence College NY, published my work among 14 selected artist in thier yearly literary Journal.

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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