Hajra Waheed’s work seeks to address personal, national and cultural identity formation in relation to political history, popular imagination and the broad impact of colonial power within a global context. Her mixed media practice consists of on-going bodies of work that continue to amass a growing personal archive- one in response to all those seemingly lost amongst rapid regional development and/or political strife. Over the last decade, Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, most recently including: The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016); Still Against the Sky, KW Berlin, DE (2015); L’avenir, La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (2014); Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata (2013); (In) the First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona and Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY (2012).

Recipient of the prestigious 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a Canadian mid-career visual artist, Hajra Waheed’s works can be found in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The British Museum, London; The Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong and The Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.

Hajra Waheed. Courtesy of Nick Brancaccio and Windsor Star files
Hajra Waheed
Calgary, 1980

Past Exhibitions

Crude: Oil as Archive, Infrastructure and Technology

Jameel Arts Centre
11/11/2018 — 30/03/2019

Klappe Eins, Affe Tot…

17/12/2016 — 04/02/2017

Come Invest in Us. You’ ll Strike Gold

10/09/2012 — 03/11/2012

Solo Shows


The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Sea Change – Chapter 1: Character 1, In the Rough, Mosaic Rooms, London, UK


Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

Asylum In the Sea, Fondarie Darling, Montreal, QC

Art Basel Hong Kong – Discoveries Section, Solo Booth, Hong Kong, PRC


Character 1: In the Rough, Solo Booth, Art Dubai, UAE


Minutes From A Second Story, Center A, Vancouver, BC

Field Notes and Other Backstories, Art Gallery of Windsor, ON

Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata, IN


The Scrapbook Project, Green Cardamom, London, UK

Group Shows


Sobey Art Award Exhibition – Shortlist, National Gallery of Canada, ON

The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale, KR

The Missing One, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, BD


Le Polygraphe, Les Territoires, Montreal, CA

Shadow Scenes, ColomboScope, Colombo, LK

La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC


Lines of Control, The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, NC

Art Dubai Commissioned Projects: Art Dubai: 8th Edition, Dubai, UAE

Equations of Sight-Similarity, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY

Focus Section, Frieze London, UK

The Missing or: One thing next to another, Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin, DE

Collages: Gesture and Fragments, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC


Graveyard of Defiance, Features Section: Art Basel, CH

Art Dubai: 7th Edition, Dubai, UAE

India Art Fair: 5th Edition, Delhi, IN


A Permanent Record For Future Investigation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

ArtasFoundation: A Tone of Art, HD Centre For Humanitaria Dialogue, Geneva, CH

Come Invest In Us. You’ll Strike Gold, Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, AU

Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

India Art Fair: 4th Edition, New Delhi, IN

(In) The First Circle, Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona, ES

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Calgary Country of birth: Canada Date of birth: 1980 Lives in: Montréal, Canada
W: Hajra Waheed M: info@hajrawaheed.com