Hajra Waheed

Hajra Waheed was born in 1980 in Calgary
She lives and works in Montréal

Hajra Waheed’s multidisciplinary practice ranges from painting and drawing to video, sound, sculpture and installation. Amongst other issues, she explores the connections between security, surveillance and the covert networks of power that structure human lives. Her practice also addresses the traumas and alienation of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence. Characterized by a distinct visual language and unique poetic approach, her works often use the ordinary as a means to convey the profound, and landscape as a medium to transpose human struggle and a radical politics of resistance and resilience.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions worldwide include: Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2024); Fragmentos, Espacio de Arte y Memoria, Bogotá (2024); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2023); Sharjah Biennial 15 (2023); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2023); State of Concept, Athens (2023); PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal (2021); Portikus, Frankfurt (2020); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020); Lahore Biennial 02 (2020); British Museum, London (2019); The Power Plant, Toronto (2019); 57th Venice Biennale (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2016); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); La Biennale de Montréal (2014); Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, New York (2012) and Fundació Antoni Tapies, Barcelona (2012).

Waheed is the recipient of the Sharjah Biennial 15 Prize (2023), the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award (2022), Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (2014) for outstanding achievement as a mid-career artist and a finalist for the Sobey Art Award (2016). Her works can be found in permanent collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; British Museum, London; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.

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