Biography

Moonis Ahmad, born in Srinagar Kashmir is an interdisciplinary artist who works with hybrid practices involving mediums like video, photography, painting, programming and installation. He has shown his work at various exhibitions nationally and internationally such as his solo show at Rohtas Gallery Lahore in (Dec-Jan) 2016-17;  Group Show “Sleepless Constellations” at 1×1 Gallery, Dubai 2017; Group Show “Past as Present”, at Ghandara Art Space 2017, Group Show “A Million Mutinies Later – India at 70”, at Turner House, Cardiff, UK  and through his participations in “New Wight Biennale”, UCLA, USA as Seh Rang Collective (Sept’16); “Close Together” Boderlines Production, Texas, United States 2014; “Borders and Disorders” Venice Art House 2015. He has also participated in a residential programme “The Shifting Place: Understanding Territorialities: Identity, Place & Possession” at UNIDEE, Cittadelarte 2016, where he was fully funded by EU. Moonis Ahmad was a UNESCO, (United Nations Madanjeet Institute of South Asian Arts) UMISAA scholar at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore and graduated in Fine arts (BFA) with a Gold Medal majoring in Digital Arts with CGPA of 3.96/4. Moonis is a recipient of Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art’s Emerging Artist Award 2017 which is annually granted to one artist from all over India. He also is a recipient of VCA Access Mentorship Program at the University of Melbourne. Currently, he is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Melbourne and is a recipient of Australian Graduate Research and Training Programme scholarship which fully funds his studies and living in Australia. He lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Quddus Mirza

(Art Critic, Curator, Artist)

“The distinction between a compulsive liar and a fiction writer is of intention; the former seeks to cheat others by projecting falsehood as truth, whereas the latter offers his narrative as ‘invented’ even if it is derived from reality. However, the success of both lies in how the two are capable to convey a feeling of factuality in their imagined accounts. Moonis Ahmad seems to have achieved this.”

Huma Mulji

(Artist)

His independence and highly developed sense of social justice, metaphor and meaning, give him an unusual sophistication for his age. As an artist, Moonis creates multi disciplinary works, which traverse video, image, objects, mechanics and courageously: silence. This particularly illuminates his interest in historical erasure. Despite the subject Moonis engages with, he has a highly developed understanding of the absurd and his work often combines a number of elements in an eccentric and humorous way, using irony to critique structures of power.

Cecilia Guida

(Director University of Ideas)

Moonis has engaged brilliantly in creative and critical discourse investigating the relationship between arts and the public sphere, and working at the intersection of artistic practice and academic research.

Detailed CV

Upcoming Events 

December 2017   |  Detritus / Matter out of Place    |   Curated by Vidya Shivadas   |   Group Show   |  Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa
February 2018  |  Group Show    |   Curated by Andy Dinan   |  Mars Gallery, Melbourne, Australia