Hajra Waheed

Born in Calgary, 1980 and lives in Montréal, Canada

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.