b. 1971, Karachi, Pakistan | lives and works in Karachi and Berlin
Bani Abidi’s early engagement with video led her to performance and photography. The Guggenheim acquired three works by Abidi, The Boy Who Got Tired of Posing (2006), The Ghost of Mohammed Bin Qasim (2006), and This Video Is a Reenactment (2006), which include installations of video photography, and text. Through these elements, the figure of Mohammad bin Qasim, considered Pakistan’s early colonial founder in state history, is brought to life in a lighthearted and candid portrayal that provides an opportunity to reflect on the history of the South Asian nation. Solo exhibitions of Abidi’s work have been presented at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom (2011); and Experimenter, Kolkata (2012–13). Important group exhibitions include: Making Normative Orders: Demonstrations of Power, Doubt and Protest, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2012); and Documenta 13 (2012).
Guggenheim Forum: Genius Loci September 30–October 4, 2013 Moderator Jeffrey Kastner, writer and senior editor of Cabinet magazine, asks panelists Bani Abidi, William Rankin, and Sukhdev Sandhu to consider the term genius loci and what “spirit of the place” means in Session 1 of this forum. More
Interview with Bani Abidi Asia Art Archive, February 2010 AAA's Enoch Cheng speaks to Bani Abidi, a Pakistani artist based between Karachi and Delhi, about the development of contemporary Pakistani art, her work and her personal experience of Pakistan and India. More
Bani Abidi: An Unforeseen Situation Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX, September 20–December 21, 2015 Bani Abidi was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1971, and currently works between Berlin and Karachi. Abidi uses video and photography to comment upon politics and culture, often through humorous and absurd vignettes. More