Basir Mahmood

Basir Mahmood

Netherlands, Pakistan

In order to engage with situations around him, Basir Mahmood ponders upon embedded social and historical terrains of the ordinary, as well as his personal milieu. Using video, film or photograph, he weaves various threads of thoughts, findings and insights into poetic sequences that coalesce into ever reinstituting forms of narratives. His career began with a year long fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011. Thereafter, he went on to participate in residencies in five different countries

Mahmood has received accolades from around the world for his work, having received at least eight grants and awards, including by The Abraaj Group Art Prize, Mondrian Fonds, Sharjah Art Foundation, Videobrasil and SAI Harvard University. Most recently, he is listed as a winner for Portugal's prestigious and highly competitive, Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize 2020. Finally, Mahmood remains an academic who teaches and delivers talks at notable art institutions around the globe, and curated a video program Video Club at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He lives and works between Amsterdam and Lahore.