I’m on the “Us” Side and You Are on the Other, 2010

Basir Mahmood
I’m on the “Us” Side and You Are on the Other, 2010
Colour video projected onto white cloth, sound
13 minutes, 43 seconds
Installation view
Courtesy of the Artist


Weaving his insights and investigations together into poetic sequences and various forms of narratives, Basir Mahmood's works focus on particular gestures or situations to bring out their essence.

His 2010 video My Father, for example, shows an old man’s hands in close-up as he tries in vain to thread a needle, a poignant portrait that touches on mortality. In 2009, Gheera Chaasma– a short film that Mahmood wrote, directed and produced – was nominated at the Zabist Film Festival in Karachi, Pakistan, and in 2011 he was selected for a yearlong fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.

His work waswiidely exhibited in 2012, including Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia; Melancholy in Progress, Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia and the inaugural show at the Broad Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA.

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 11


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