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Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi, Teri tirchi nazar, 2015. Digital print on paper. 30 x 46 cm. Edition 1/3. Courtesy of the artist.

Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi, Little whispers circle around my head, 2017. Mixed media and digital print on Montval paper. 158 x 102 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi, The unfamiliar romance, 2018. Mixed media on canvas, and digital print on Montval paper. 91 x 168 cm, and 12 x 8.4 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi, Get This on the Front Page!, 2017. Mixed media and digital print on Montval paper. 152 x 102 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi’s practice draws on popular culture, anecdotes and colloquialisms to stage personal and social narratives. His work attempts to challenge the politics behind how gender is socially constructed and performed. The figure of the male nude is a recurring theme, often presented in ways that undermine or question idealised masculine virtues.

During his residency at Gasworks, Shah will engage with queer Muslim men of Pakistani origin living in London, to understand how they navigate issues related to their identity during interactions within and beyond the community, and across domestic, public and virtual environments. He will repurpose dating apps to investigate the dynamics of fragile spaces where interactions are dislocated, ephemeral, and motive-driven.

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Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi lives and works in Karachi. He completed his BFA with a distinction from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2014 where he specialised in sculpture and photography. Recent exhibitions include Microcosm 2, Gandhara-AAN, Karachi; I have to tell you a story, Sanat Gallery, Karachi; The Third Muslim, SOMArts Cultural Center  (all 2018); Stretching Skin, Taseer Gallery, Lahore; The Thread Unraveled, VM Gallery, Karachi (both 2017); Excerpts, Koel Gallery, Karachi; and Ibtidaa, Studio Seven, Karachi (both 2016).

Shah Numair Ahmed Abbasi’s residency is supported by the Rangoonwala Foundation and the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust.