I watch you do

    10/05 - 02/06  | 14:00 - 20:00

Free entrance

Vernissage on 09.05 at 19:00

The exhibition I watch you do brings together works across Basir Mahmood’s practice, highlighting themes of cinema, labour and performance throughout his intimate meditations on the social, political and aesthetic structure of daily life. Communicating with participants and audience through the camera, Mahmood adopts the role of an observer to catalyse complex productions that respond within their parameters to the artist’s narrative prompts. The results lie between staged scenes and spontaneous documentation, interrogating the conditions of their own creation. I watch you do tracks Mahmood’s strategies evolve beyond image-making toward an integration of the visual experience. Recent works including all voices are mine (2018), which reimagines the declining Lollywood of Mahmood’s native Pakistan, sit alongside the earlier granular focus of works like Manmade (2010) that watches a man put on a three-piece suit for the first time. Mahmood will present the lecture-performance Moon-sighting, merging anecdotes of making work in Lollywood with screenings from his oeuvre and Pakistani cinematic history.

See also: Basir Mahmood, Moon-sighting (Lecture)

An exhibition of: Basir Mahmood
Curated by: Lauren Wetmore  

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Cinema Galeries

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Basir Mahmood (b. 1985, Pakistan) works between Lahore and Amsterdam. His recent solo exhibitions include All Divided Equally at Canvas Gallery (Karachi), Eyes Recently Seen at Letitia Gallery (Beirut) and Good Ended Happily at Wilfried Lentz (Rotterdam). His work has shown in group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2018), the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2018), Contour Biennale 8 in Mechelen (2017), the Yinchuan Biennial (2016), Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013) and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2012). Mahmood has completed residencies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2016-2017) and Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (2011). He was awarded the Stipendium for Established Artists from Mondriaan Fonds (2018-2022) and studied at the Beaconhouse National University in Lahore.

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