Khadim ALI

Khadim ALI

Khadim Ali was born in 1978 as an Afghan refugee in Quetta, Pakistan. His family, belonging to the Hazara minority,  ed Afghanistan to escape Taliban persecution. After studying mural painting and calligraphy in Tehran, Iran, from 1998 to 1999, he went on to earn his B.F.A. at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2003, where he studied traditional miniature painting. He currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia, Quetta, Pakistan, and Kabul, Afghanistan.

Through his work, Ali connects himself both aesthetically and conceptually to a span of nearly ten centuries of Afghan history. Choosing his subject matter from the country’s pantheons of heroes and legends, both secular and religious, Ali often re-appropriates them to communicate his own personal history. Eclectically rich in traditional and modern motifs as well as in Eastern and Western art-historical references, Ali's paintings tell stories about loss, in particular the loss of his own cultural heritage and in general the loss of human values. Through his work, he explores how meaning shifts and words are perverted through ideological adoption.

Ali's works were featured along with Imran Qureshi’s in the Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale, Italy. He both organized and participated in The Haunted Lotus: Contemporary Art from Kabul, Cross Art Projects, Sydney, Australia (2010) and The Force of Forgetting, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, Australia (2011). His work was also included in Future: Afghanistan, Gemak, The Hague, Netherlands (2008); Living Traditions, Queen’s Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan (2008) and National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan (2009); Safavids Revisited, British Museum, London, UK (2009); Only
from the Heart Can You Touch the Sky, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2012); and Home Again — 10 Artists Who Have Experienced Japan, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2012). Ali presented  ve paintings at dOCUMENTA [13], Kassel, Germany (2012), alongside another painting at the dOCUMENTA [13] Kabul, Afghanistan, exhibition, the first off-site exhibition held in dOCUMENTA's history (June, 2012). Three works from Ali's Rostam series were also acquired by and exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013) as part of the exhibit, No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.




2013        "No-Mad-Ness in No Man's Land", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

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