Born Lahore (PK), 1985
Basir Mahmood’s recent video works arise from curiosity generated by having his first studio space. Mahmood came to see his studio space as an extension of his mind and its present settings, as a reflection of its current state. Over time, he began to conceive his narratives in this space, and later started inviting in people from other walks of life to play out his stories, remaining within the temporal and physical settings which he generated for them.
Opposed to the above, the artist dwells on alternate processes; he ranges far beyond his studio space and its creations. For instance, in his most recent work, All voices are mine, he acted only as an initiator, collecting memories of actors, extras, writers, filmmakers and others once associated with Pakistan’s Lahore-based film industry, Lollywood. However, beginning around 1977, the once vibrant film industry began a dramatic collapse into creative banality, intellectual decadence and popular irrelevance, marking its end. With the collected recollections, Mahmood hopes to construct a narrative which explores ideas of abruptness, imperfection, resemblance, memory and remembering and forgetting. During the process the artist resumes his ultimate position as an observer who witnesses a reconciliation.
Through various processes Mahmood explores his position as an artist and questions the ownership of his narratives, which are, at times, products of his subconscious and, at others, are borrowed from other sources.
Basir Mahmood (b. 1985 Lahore, Pakistan) studied at Lahore at the Beaconhouse National University, and received a yearlong fellowship from the Academy Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2011. In order to engage with situations around him, he ponders upon embedded Social and historical terrains of the ordinary, as well as his personal environment. Using video, film or photograph, Mahmood weaves various threads of thoughts, findings and insights into poetic sequences and various forms of narratives.
Since 2011, his works have been widely shown, including: The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012; III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia, 2012; Inaugural Show, Broad Museum, Michigan State University, 2012; Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 7) at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2012; Sharjah Biennial 11. (2013); At Intervals at Cooper Gallery Project Space, Duncan or Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 2014; Des hommes de mondes at college des bernardins, Paris, 2014; Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015; Yinchuan Biennial, Yinchuan, 2016, China and Abraaj Group Art Prize Show, 2016, Dubai.
Mahmood has recently been awarded a Residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and commission from the Sharjah Art Foundation.