Moonis Ahmad, born in Srinagar Kashmir is an interdisciplinary artist who works with hybrid practices involving mediums like video, photography, painting, programming and installation. He has shown his work at various exhibitions nationally and internationally such as his solo show “Atlas Holding the Heavens” at Vadhera Contemporary, New Delhi 2019; Sattlekamer, Bern, Switzerland 2018; Post-Graduate Gallery Elizabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne 2018, Rohtas Gallery Lahore in (Dec-Jan) 2016-17; Group Show “Beyond Boundaries”, Auckland Art Fair 2018; “Sleepless Constellations” at 1×1 Gallery, Dubai 2017; Two person show, “Bureaucracies of Imagination” at Canvas Gallery Karachi, Group Show “A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70”, at Turner House, Cardiff, UK; Group show “New Wight Biennale”, UCLA, USA as Seh Rang Collective (Sept’16); Group show “Boxed Light” at Mars Gallery 2018, Melbourne amongst various others. He has also participated in various residential programmes such as “The Shifting Place: Understanding Territorialities: Identity, Place & Possession” at UNIDEE, Cittadelarte, Italy 2016, where he was fully funded by EU, 3 Month Residency at Stadtgalerie, Bern & HSLU, Luzern Switzerland organized by Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council. He also is a recipient of VCA Access Mentorship Program and VCA Academic Assistantship Programme at the University of Melbourne. He is a Doctoral Candidate and a sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne and is a recipient of Australian Graduate Research and Training Programme scholarship. Currently, he lives and works between Kashmir and Melbourne, Australia.
(Art Critic, Curator, Artist)
“The distinction between a compulsive liar and a fiction writer is of intention; the former seeks to cheat others by projecting falsehood as truth, whereas the latter offers his narrative as ‘invented’ even if it is derived from reality. However, the success of both lies in how the two are capable to convey a feeling of factuality in their imagined accounts. Moonis Ahmad seems to have achieved this.”
His independence and highly developed sense of social justice, metaphor and meaning, give him an unusual sophistication for his age. As an artist, Moonis creates multi disciplinary works, which traverse video, image, objects, mechanics and courageously: silence. This particularly illuminates his interest in historical erasure. Despite the subject Moonis engages with, he has a highly developed understanding of the absurd and his work often combines a number of elements in an eccentric and humorous way, using irony to critique structures of power.
(Director University of Ideas)
Moonis has engaged brilliantly in creative and critical discourse investigating the relationship between arts and the public sphere, and working at the intersection of artistic practice and academic research.