In her talk, Bani will take us through the exhibition “Bani Abidi: they Died Laughing” which closed at Gropius Bau in September 2019. She is joined in conversation by Phalguni Guliani and Saloni Doshi.

We are pleased to invite you the next artist talk of On Making, 2020 – a series that delves into the age-old query of “how do we make?” Tracing the different arcs of art and exhibition-making and how these might respond to the changing contours of tomorrow, we have with us this week a true cosmopolitan absurdist – Bani Abidi.

Born in 1971, Karachi, Pakistan, and now working between Berlin and Karachi, Bani Abidi uses video and photography to comment upon politics and culture, often through humorous and absurd vignettes. She studied visual art at the National College of Arts in Lahore and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally. Her work is in collections of the Museum of Modern Art – NY, Guggenheim Museum – NY, The British Museum, TATE Modern, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, The Burger Collection, Devi Arts Foundation, Marguelies Collection amongst several other private and public collections. She was artist in Residence at DAAD Artists Residency, Berlin in 2011–2012.

About the Moderators:
Phalguni Guliani is the Space118 Contemporaries’ Art Writer in Residence.
Saloni Doshi is the Founder and Director of Space118 Studios.