Asim Waqif (b. 1978, Hyderabad) is an artist whose recent work shows a crossover between architecture, art and design, often in the form of sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography, and large-scale interactive installations. He creates large-scale installations built from detritus and found objects, which are informed by principles of architecture, urban planning and interactivity. Concerns of ecology and anthropology often weave through his work, and he has done extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially concerning water, waste and architecture. His artworks often employ manual processes that are deliberately painstaking and laborious while the products themselves are usually temporary and sometimes even designed to decay.
Waqif, a Delhi-based artist, sends us for the project a photograph taken now, during the raging pandemic in India. Waqif has used this time to return to carpentry after many years and shows a part of his process in the photograph.
New Delhi, 28/06/2020
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.