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Asim Waqif

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Hyderabad, India

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exhibition/performance, conceptual, photography, video-art, installation, mixed-media


Delhi-based Asim Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, where he currently teaches as Visiting Faculty. After initially working as an art-director for film and television he later started making independent video and documentaries before moving into a dedicated art-practice.

His recent projects have attempted a crossover between architecture, art and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban-design and the politics of occupying/intervening/using public spaces. Some of his projects have developed within abandoned and derelict buildings in the city that act like hidden activity-spaces for marginalized people.

Asim Waqif CV

Born 1978 in Hyderabad, India.


  • Bachelor of Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.  Graduated in 2000.
  • Visiting Faculty at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
  • Member of Peer Group, Khoj International Artist’s Association, Delhi.

 Art Projects / Residencies

  • Residency at Montalvo Arts Center, Montalvo, CA (Actual dates to be confirmed). 2012.
  • Summer residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine, USA (Upcoming, June through August, 2011) Project to be determined. 2011.
  • Site-specific intervention in Badrinath in the Himalayas as part of Negotiating Routes, a grant for public-art for smaller towns in India. 2011.
  • HAZARD ! , an installation produced by Outset Contemporary Art Fund for India Art Summit 2011.
  • 3-month Residency as part of Global Art Program: Waiting for Expo 2015, organized by Artegiovane, OpenCare, FARE; Milan, 2010; Project: Consumption = Exhaustion.
  • Agrasen ki bavdi yahan hai !, for 48C Public-Art-Ecology a public art festival in the city of Delhi curated by Pooja Sood, supported by Goethe Institute and GTZ. 2008
  • International Eco-Art Residency; a 6 week program involving 3 European and 3 Indian artists at Kjoj, Delhi. Culminated with the production of the piece “Climbing Up A Wasted Chimney” and documentation of research. Dec 2007.
  • Light-Art Workshop; Khoj, Dec 2006.
  • Baans’, an installation at Khoj, Delhi, as an Associate Residency. 2005

Select Group Shows:

  •  Tolstoy Farm, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
  •  What after First Showing, curated by Deeksha Nath, NatureMorte, Berlin, 2011.
  •  Scratch, curated by Swapan Seth for Sakshi Gallery, Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi, 2010
  •  Form and Phenomenon, Project 88, Mumbai
  •  Contested Spaces- Incursions, curated by Heidi Fitchner, at 7Art Limited, Delhi. 2010
  •  Analytical Engine, curated by Heidi Fitchner, at BosePacia, Kolkatta 2009


  • Research and Project Development for Formulating an Eco-conscious Approach to Pilgrim Centers on the Himalayas. 2008-10
  • Research and Development of Pilot Project for Revitalising Urban Heritage in Bundi, Rajasthan. A conservation project linked to Solid-Waste-Management. 2006-08
  • Research and Documentation of heritage water-harnessing systems in Rajasthan, 2005-2007
  • Dissertation and Research on Vernacular architecture of hill-dwelling peoples, especially the mud-architecture of Spiti, Himachal. 1999-2003.
Recent Exhibits

Asim Waqif participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 Megacities Asia
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Nov, 2015 I Was Once Lonelyness
Blain|Southern Berlin
Vadehra Contemporary
May, 2014 Make/ DO
Galleryske - New Delhi
Nov, 2013 Epreuves
Galerie Daniel Templon
Sep, 2013 ख़लल [Disruptions]
Nature Morte, New Delhi
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