Gazi Nafis Ahmed

Institutional grant Artist Protection Fund

December 2018 - February 2019

Gazi Nafis Ahmed. Dhaka, 1982.

Gazi Nafis Ahmed is an internationally acclaimed artist working with photography. He was born on November 21, 1982 in Dhaka. His works explore issues surrounding human rights, gender & sexuality, migration, racism, and xenophobia.

His works have been curated by celebrated curators like Daniel Baumann (Director of Kunsthalle Zürich), Paris based Indian curator Deepak Ananth, Diana Campbell Betancourt (Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation & Chief Curator of DAS), Bhavna Kakkar (Founder & Director of Gallery Latitude 28) among others.

He had solo exhibitions at the Edward M. Kennedy Center and Goethe Institute in Bangladesh. He has been the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the prestigious South Asian Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts founded by Bengal Art Foundation.

His work has graced the pages of New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The New Yorker among others. Moreover, written about by curator John Zarobell of SFMOMA & Philadelphia Museum of Art, award-winning English write Sean O’Hagan among others.

Work of Ahmed is currently part of important collections such as Samdani Art Foundation, Brian Weinstein Collection, and Christies Specialist Collection among other private collections.

In 2016, he became an honorary fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Difference at the Columbia University. Nafis was awarded Artist Protection Fund Award by the esteemed Institute of International Education Funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, the USA in 2018.

His work has been subject of broadcast in Bangladesh, India, Netherlands, Spain and USA.

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