Asim Waqif

Delhi-based Asim Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi and is at present teaching there as Visiting Faculty. After initially working as an art director for film and television he later started making independent video and documentaries before moving to a dedicated art-practice.

His recent projects have attempted a crossover between architecture, art, and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying/intervening/using public spaces. Some of his projects have developed within abandoned and derelict buildings in the city that act like hidden activity spaces for marginalized people.

Concerns of ecology and anthropology often weave through his work and he has done extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, especially with respect to water, waste, and architecture. Artworks often employ manual processes that are deliberately pain-staking and laborious, but the products themselves are usually temporary and sometimes even designed to decay.

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