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Moonis Ahmad

“Using archival materials as references ranging from text, mass media, and cinema to historical documents I aim to establish an interdisciplinary art practice, which on one side uses archival material from the past and on the other side, newer technologies and programming languages. The intention is to fictionalize archive to realize the counter-ness of archive which instead of reminding or stating what past was, allows through discursive movements to question its constitution, boundaries and materiality. It reconsiders and examines the logics, tools and practices of representation which are used to establish the authority of archive. Such an approach also establishes a subterranean and a nomadic approach towards organizations of histories and truths so that the archive can be an anarchic arena where futures are imagined and imminences are re-configured. My focus on the question of territorial claims on the landscape that have transformed contemporary identity is braided into such fictional archives and further problematized by using body as a site of contestation. The work also moves away from solely re-affirming representations and information about local experiences and allows one to express, through fiction and play amidst the reality, an event of art which occurs at a point when the work expresses its own demise.”

 

Moonis Ahmad, born in Srinagar Kashmir is an interdisciplinary artist who works with hybrid practices involving mediums like video, photography, painting, programming and installation. He has shown his work at various exhibitions nationally and internationally such as his solo show at Rohtas Gallery Lahore in 2016-17), group show at Ghandara Art Space 2017, “Sleepless Constellations” at 1X1 Gallery Dubai in 2017; Group Show, A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70, at Turner House Cardiff, UK (2017) and through his participations in “New Wight Biennale”, UCLA, USA (Sept’16); “Close Together” Boderlines Production, Texas, United States 2014; “Borders and Disorders” Venice Art House 2015. He has also participated in a residential programme “The Shifting Place: Understanding Territorialities: Identity, Place & Possession” at UNIDEE, Cittadelarte 2016, where he was fully funded by EU. He also was invited for a presentation on his research paper at MUISC Youth and Art Conference held in 2014 in Istanbul. Moonis Ahmad was a recipient of UMISAA (United Nations Madanjeet Institute of South Asian Arts) scholarship at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore and graduated in Fine arts (BFA) with a Gold Medal majoring in Digital Arts with CGPA of 3.96/4. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Visual Arts by research at University of Melbourne and is a recipient of Australian Graduate Research and Training Programme scholarship. Currently, he lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.