Asim Waqif

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About the speaker

Delhi-based Asim Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and is teaching as a visiting faculty there. After initially working as an art-director for film and television he later started making independent video and documentaries before moving to a dedicated art-practice in 2010.

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.

Concerns of ecology and anthropology often weave through his work and he has done extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with respect to water, waste and architecture. His artworks often employ manual processes that are deliberately pain-staking and laborious while the products themselves are often temporary. He has worked in sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography, and more recently with large-scale interactive installations that combine traditional and new media technologies.

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