Mujtaba Asif

Karachi, Pakistan

Mujtaba Asif is a multi-disciplinary artist who has graduated in Fine Arts with distinction from the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Karachi, 2015. Mujtaba was the recipient of the first Vasl Research Grant for Emerging Artist 2018. He was the resident artist of Vasl TaazaTareen 10  and open studio ceramic residency at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. His work has been exhibited at Karachi Literature Festival curated by Canvas Gallery, VM Art Gallery for Emerging Talent, National Museum of Pakistan, FOMMA and recently at Aicon Gallery, New York. His mediums range from delicate paper and clay constructions to meticulously reworked found objects, and city-wide installations using Graffiti and signage. He has also participated in collaborative workshops with local communities to cause interventions in both physical and conceptual spaces. His projects confront notions of indoctrinated discrimination based on sects, religion and ethnicity in an attempt to lay bare and ultimately alter the deeply ingrained social and cultural prejudices. In 2017, he has taught art to children under the umbrella of Pakistan Chowk Community Center (PCCC) and also curated a Public Art project; I AM KARACHI – Walls of Peace. Asif lives and works in Karachi.