Afrah Shafiq

Afrah Shafiq

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In collaboration with Waterfield and BC Materials.

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Afrah Shafiq (b. 1989, Bangalore, IN) is a multi/new media artist whose work emerges from long-term engagements with archives, stories and other fugitive material across the internet. Using the process of research as an artistic playground, Afrah intertwines archival findings, history, memory, folklore and fantasy to create a speculative world born of remix culture. Through a diversity of research modes and devices, her work takes hybrid forms that bring together text, sound, animation, code and sculpture. Her work moves across various mediums drawing from the handmade language of traditional folk forms and connecting them to the digital language of the Internet and video games.

Afrah’s work has been included in the 2023 Dhaka Art Summit, 2nd Lahore, 4th Kochi- Muziris and the 8th Asian Art Biennales besides other exhibitions in India and abroad. She has been a research fellow at the Institut d'études avancées de Nantes, France, attended an archival research residency in Texas and New Mexico with Fluent Collaborative, been a fellow at the Field Research Programme by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and worked with a series of archives in the North of England through a residency with the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Afrah Shafiq, "Sultana's Reality", interactive multimedia installation, Meet Factory, Gallery Kostka, curated by Eva Riebová, Prague, 2021.

For Horst, Afrah Shafiq is collaborating with BC materials to present a new outdoor version of Afrah's existing work ‘Where Do The Ants Go?’ with earth blocks as main building material. BC materials produces circular building materials, based on excavated earth, to reduce waste and the negative impact of the building sector in extraction, production, transport and end-of-life. Their activities allow for continuous innovation and development of their circular earth building material range called Léém. The implementation of this material is further challenged within the framework of Horst thanks to a generous collaboration with BC studies and students from the faculty of Architecture RWTH Aachen University.

architecture and design: Jeremy Waterfield
construction design and execution:
BC architects & studies & materials and RWTH act of building - Faculty of Architecture RWTH Aachen University
guest curator:
Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of Dhaka Art Summit

“Afrah Shafiq’s work looks to the metaphor of ants when it comes to understanding human networks and how we build society - we could not think of a better partner to transform this work into a sustainable outdoor version than to partner with BC Materials who transform earth based material some people consider to be waste into beautiful bricks that we can form new structures with. The partnership with Horst is part of a process of building a permanent outdoor version of this work in Sylhet at Srihatta - the Samdani Art Centre and Sculpture Park in Bangladesh." - Diana Campbell Betancourt

The work thrives on communal effort, and we therefore invite you to contribute by (anonymously) sharing feelings through this link. Your responses will be used as data and fed into the artwork that will be showcased during ‘To Have or to Hold’ and the festival.

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Afrah Shafiq: "Where Do The Ants Go?", DAS, 2022-2023.
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