• Mixed media | Pakistan

    MOHSIN SHAFI

    Mixed media | Pakistan

  • Mixed media | Pakistan

    MOHSIN SHAFI

    Mixed media | Pakistan

About Mohsin Shafi

Mohsin Shafi is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Lahore – Pakistan. In last one decade, He has showcased his work at all prominent galleries in Pakistan, as well has exhibited at various art fairs, galleries and alternative spaces around the globe. He was recently awarded for a Studio Residency at Atelier Mondial – Basel, Switzerland by Pro Helvetia earlier this year in 2019 from South Asia region. He was an artist in residence at the Rondo Studios in Graz, Austria in 2012 and was part of the Vasl Artist residency in 2010 in Karachi – Pakistan. He’s also recipient of Growlery Residency San Francisco 2019.

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Mohsin Shafi

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Live in Lahore, Pakistan

Education
Shafi holds a Master's Degree in visual arts and Bachelors in visual communication both from The National College of Arts, Lahore - Pakistan. He served his alma mater from 2012-2017 before dedicating himself into a full time practitioner.

Exhibitions
‘The end of Nature’ at Aicon Gallery, New York – U.S. 2019 ;
Solo ‘The Swiss Honeymoan’ at Atelier Mondial, Basel – Switzerland in 2019;
‘Take it like a..” at Twelve Gates Arts – Philadelphia – USA in February 2019;
Solo ‘Under the Stars we dance like bohemians’ at Canvas Gallery, Karachi – Pakistan, 2018;
“Ship is mine” at In-spire Galerie, Dublin – Ireland in 2018 ;
‘Sweeping back the sea’ at Aicon Gallery – NewYork – U.S. in 2018 ;
‘The Third Muslim’, at Somarts Cultural Center, San Francisco – USA in 2018 ;
You Selfish Dreamer’ at Rossi & Rossi, London – UK in 2017;
‘Open Field’ at The National Art Gallery, Islamabad – Pakistan in 2016 & 2017,’‘The 70’s Pakistan’s Radioactive Decade’ at Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi – Pakistan in 2016 among many others.

His work has been showcased in ‘Forms of Devotion’ – a travelling exhibition at China Art Museum – Shanghai, from November 2015 – February 2016 and at The Museum of Sacred Art, Bangladesh – Belgium in June 2015.
His work has been exhibited during Lahore Biennale (2018) in a major exhibition ‘I, too, am part of this history’ at Fakir Khana Museum, Lahore and in ‘River in an ocean’ at an industrial site in Lahore with a collective, ‘The Creative Process Projects’: both collateral event of LBF01, Lahore – Pakistan.
He was also part of first Karachi Biennale in Pakistan in 2017.
His work has been part of Delhi Contemporary Art week in 2018 and India Art Fair, Delhi – India in 2015 and in 2016;
The Fruit Independent Art Book Fair, Italy in 2018;
The Tokyo Artbook Fair, Japan in 2017;
The Twelve Gates Contemporary Video Art Festival by Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia – USA in 2016 among other fairs and festivals.

STUDIO VISIT

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Tell us about your creative process

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The process of my work usually starts in my head before taking any physical shape and existence. I consider myself a story teller and in order to create visual stories, I absorb a lot around me. People and places create phenomenon for me. I think as a maker of my works, I don’t find my story; it finds me, as an autobiography always does. It finds us out in our deepest most guarded spaces. I find that even unwantingly with each visua,l I am trying to create a personal narrative. The images reflect memories, angst, ennui, pleasure, taking shapes of hybrid figures that become facets of my persona, both real and imagined. Thus I liberate myself from the demons and angels in the process of making my work.

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How does modern culture affect your work?

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I believe that the culture is tied up with our lives constantly, and as a sensitive person and being an artist, it for sure reflects in whatever I create. I find current times chaotic. In our modern lives there is more chaos and confusion then contentment and joy. I try to turn these enquiries into imaginations and the dark recesses of the human psyche shot through with pitch-black humor. The collage process is something between my dreams and documentation. I am trying to catch the casual feelings, naked and defenseless in their realism. I am looking for human simplicity and complexity in the same way and that’s why I use gist from everyday life; the objects of our lives, the worn, the used, the almost invisible items that convey the news. The draw full of odds and ends, the treasure chest of humanities that tie back our hair, that allows us to read a book in focus, that cut out newspaper articles on a warm Sunday morning. They are all unique, even when ordinary. I try to explore the blurred edges of existence. Taking in shadowy worlds behind closed doors, the arbitrary flux of identity and the mysteries of intentions, it brings into sharp focus the ambiguity at the heart of any photographic collage. They plough the psychoanalytical furrow and confirm the undisputed leading light of contemporary surrealism.

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What inspires the style of your work?

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The affair that inspires my work transforms the common and the everyday into the disputed and the unreal and creates in the process a loaded, often perplexing world that is at once familiar and bizarre. In my visuals I am trying to capture the things that I see and feel, as a way of recording their fragility, power, terror and splendidness - so that I can return to those things and relive them. In that way, I try to have some sense of control in a chaotic world. My quest for inspiration is an everyday struggle, to access the emotions embedded below the superficial appearances, and to yank them out from behind the windowpane. This release from naturalism is the struggle between the ideas of creation and those of mutilation. The visuals explore the language of dreams, buried desires and psychoanalysis.



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