Offsite: Asim Waqif

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Exhibitions Vancouver, BC, Canada November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018

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New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif will repurpose waste generated by demolition sites in Vancouver’s urban areas, employing materials from abandoned and derelict buildings anticipated for development. Waqif’s site-specific installation combines architecture with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying, intervening and using public space. Concerns of ecology and the environment often weave through his work. He has produced extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, particularly with respect to water, waste and architecture. His installations often employ labour-intensive processes while the products themselves are often temporary and at times designed to decay. Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, but after graduation turned his focus to a dedicated art practice. He has worked in sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography, and more recently with large-scale interactive installations that combine traditional and new media technologies.