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Haider Ali Naqvi, Sibtain Manzil, 2019. Graphite on paper, ink on tracing, photographs, thumb tacks, paper clips, khaddar cloth, broken marble slabs and box frames. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Haider Ali Naqvi, Creek Vista, 2018. Oil on canvas. 106 x 236 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Haider Ali Naqvi, Al-najaf, 2019. Graphite on paper, ink on tracing, photographs, thumb tacks, paper clips, khaddar cloth, broken marble slabs and box frames. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Haider Ali Naqvi, An Organic Inspection 1 (18 Towns of Karachi), 2018. UV print on iron plates, wooden frame. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Haider Ali’s work is informed by the experience of his immediate surroundings, particularly the built environment and how we move through and interact with it. His work brings together graphite drawings and found objects such as archival documents, photographs and maps to reveal an intersection between architecture, culture, tradition and history.

At Gasworks, Ali Naqvi is planning to make contact with South Asian migrants based in London to find out about their experiences of living on a different continent and what constitutes their connection to their country of origin as well as the UK, from a shared history and culture to rituals, language and traditions that are maintained. His research will be enabled through dialogue and exchange, to explore how communities change and adapt in new contexts. 

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Haider Ali Naqvi lives and works in Karachi. He completed his BFA with a distinction along with Sir Percy Brown award for art history from National College of arts Lahore with painting as a major. He is currently part of permanent faculty at Indus Valley School of art and architecture.

Recent exhibitions include: Palat ke dekhte hain, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi (2019); Conurbations, Old Hum TV Studios, Arts Council, Karachi; Art for Education: Contemporary Artists from Pakistan, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Milan; Augmentation, US Consulate, Karachi; Prologue-Epilogue, Sanat Initiative, Karachi; Karachi Ka Manzarnama, T2F Faraar, Karachi (all 2018); Five star show, O Art Space Lahore; Microcosm, Gandhara art Gallery Karachi; and Sugarcoated, Hoxton's Basement, London (all 2017).

Haider Ali Naqvi’s residency is supported by The Rangoonwala Foundation and the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust.