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Hajra Waheed’s multidisciplinary practice ranges from painting and drawing to video, sound, sculpture and installation. Amongst other issues, she explores the nexus between security, surveillance and the covert networks of power that structure lives, while also addressing the traumas and alienation of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence. Characterized by a distinct visual language and unique poetic approach, her works use the ordinary as a means to convey the profound, and landscape as a medium to transpose human struggle and a radical politics of resistance and resilience.  

Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide including: Hum (2020) Portikus, Frankfurt (2020); Globale Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020); Lahore Biennial 02, Pakistan (2020); Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now, British Museum, London (2019); Hold Everything Dear, The Power Plant, Toronto (2019); 57th Venice Biennale, VIVA ARTE VIVA, Venice (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016); Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec (2014); Lines of  Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY (2012) and (In) The First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, ES (2012).  

She was a finalist for the 2016 Sobey Art Award and received the 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a mid-career artist. Waheed’s works can be found in permanent collections including MOMA, New York; British Museum, London; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Art Institute of Chicago; Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.

Hajra Waheed (b. 1980, Canada) lives and works in Montréal.


2007 – 11PhD, McGill University, Montréal, QC (Incomplete)
2005 – 07MA Degree, McGill University, Montréal, QC
1998 – 02BFA Degree, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1995 – 98High School Diploma, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY

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Exhibitions/Presentations – Solo

2022Hajra Waheed, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, Illes Balears, ES
2021Hajra Waheed: Learning to Tremble, Mor Charpentier, Paris, FR
2020Hum, Portikus, Frankfurt, DE (catalogue)
2019Hold Everything Dear, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON (full-colour catalogue)
2017Hajra Waheed: The Video Installation Project, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC
2016The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
2016Sea Change – Chapter 1: Character 1, In the Rough, Mosaic Rooms, London, UK
2015Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
2015Asylum In the Sea, Fondarie Darling, Montreal, QC
2015Art Basel Hong Kong – Discoveries Section, Solo Booth, Hong Kong, PRC
2014Character 1: In the Rough, Solo Booth, Art Dubai, UAE
2013Minutes From A Second Story, Center A, Vancouver, BC
2013Field Notes and Other Backstories, Art Gallery of Windsor, ON
2013Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata, IN
2012The Scrapbook Project, Green Cardamom, London, UK

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Exhibitions/Presentations – Group

2023Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present,  Sharjah, UAE
2022Jaou Tunis,  Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, TN
2021Relations: Diaspora and Painting, Esker Foundation, Calgary, CA (full-colour catalogue)
2021Seen and Unseen,  B7L9 Art Station, La Marsa, TN
2021A Sunless Future? Mor Charpentier, Paris, FR
2020Overt: Militarization as Ideology, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto, CA (full-colour catalogue)
2020Globale Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (full-colour catalogue)
2020Relations: Diaspora and Painting, Phi Foundation, Montreal, CA (full-colour catalogue)
2020Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston, MA (full-colour catalogue)
2020Seismic Movements: Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, BD (catalogue)
2020Lahore Biennial, Lahore, PK (catalogue)
2019Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now, British Museum, London, UK (full-colour catalogue)
2019How Are We In Relation: Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, CA (full-colour catalogue)
2019Flap To, Monkey Tot,  Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin, DE
2019Public/Private, 21,39 Jeddah Arts, Al Balad, Jeddah, SAU
2019Developing Historical Negatives, CONTACT Photography Festival (Gallery 44), Toronto, ON (full-colour catalogue)
2018Crude, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE (full-colour catalogue)
2018Structures of Meaning|Architectures of Perception, Gallery S, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Turbulent Landings: NGC Canadian Biennial, Art Gallery of Alberta, AB (full-colour catalogue)
2017    Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie – Farewell Photography, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, DE (full-color catalogue)
2017    Viva Arte Viva, Venice Biennale – Central Pavilion, Giardini, Venice, IT (full-colour catalogue)
2017Letters, ATHR, Jeddah, SA
2017Landfall and Departure : Prologue, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC
2017“Klappe eins, Affe tot…” Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin, DE
2016The Missing One, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Oslo, NO
2016Sobey Art Award Exhibition – Shortlist, National Gallery of Canada, ON
2016The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale, KR (full-colour catalogue)
2016The Missing One, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, BD
2015Le Polygraphe, Les Territoires, Montreal, QC
2015Shadow Scenes, ColomboScope, Colombo, LK
2015La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (full-colour catalogue)
2014Lines of Control, The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, NC (full-colour catalogue)
2014Art Dubai Commissioned Projects: Art Dubai: 8th Edition, Dubai, UAE
2014Equations of Sight-Similarity, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY
2014Focus Section, Frieze London, UK
2014The Missing or: One thing next to another, Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin, DE
2014Collages: Gesture and Fragments, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC
2013Graveyard of Defiance, Features Section: Art Basel, CH
2013Art Dubai: 7th Edition, Dubai, UAE
2013India Art Fair: 5th Edition, Delhi, IN
2012A Permanent Record For Future Investigation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012ArtasFoundation: A Tone of Art, HD Centre For Humanitaria Dialogue, Geneva, CH
2012Come Invest In Us. You’ll Strike Gold, Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, AU (full-colour catalogue)
2012Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY (full-colour catalogue)
2012India Art Fair: 4th Edition, New Delhi, IN
2012(In) The First Circle, Antoni Tàpies Foundation, Barcelona, ES (catalogue)
2011Changing Stakes, Mercer Union: Center For Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON
2011ArtHK11: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, PRC
2011Different Abstractions, Green Cardamom, London, UK (full-colour catalogue)
2011Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2010Drawn From Life: Drawing Form, Green Cardamom, London, UK (catalogue)
2010ArtHK10: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, PRC
2009 Paper Planes, SAVAC Members Exhibition: VMAC Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009How Nations Are Made, Bradford Museums, Ilkley, UK
2009Lines of Control, Green Cardamom, London, UK; VM Gallery, Karachi, PK; The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (full-colour catalogue)
2008Women With Fire Power SAVAC @ TIAF, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2007Real Mountain: Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Eva B. Gallery, Montréal, QC
2006Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Fabrica, Treviso, Portugal
2005Remembering Memories, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003Kiss, Around the Coyote, Chicago, IL
2002BFA Thesis Show, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2001The Magician, (A)rtist (S)paces for (A)rtist (P)rojects, Chicago, IL Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Lounge Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000Test Site Chicago, Congress Theater, Chicago, IL
2000No Gold Chains, Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Gallery 1926, Chicago, IL
2000Be-More, Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, 204 N. Charles St, Baltimore,  MD
1999Art Bash, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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Press, Publications and Presentations

Interview: Abolitionist Modes of Listening, The Contemporary Journal, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
Publication: In Conversation with David Adjaye (upcoming)
Exhibition Catalog: Hold Everything Dear, The Power Plant, Toronto (upcoming)
Interview: Cashmere Radio, R. Cox, Dec.
Interview: Radio Al-Ahara, R. Shadid, Nov.
Exhibition Review: Frieze, C. Bukuts, Oct.
Exhibition Catalog: RELATIONS, Phi Foundation, R. Spence, Oct.
Faculty: Banff Centre Residency, Soft Power Program, Nov
Artist Feature: ArtAsiaPacific, H.G. Masters, Sep
Exhibition Review: Canvas, Z. Murtaza, Mar
Exhibition Catalog: Global(e) Resistance, Centre Pompidou
Exhibition Review: Border Crossings, E. Miller, Mar
Exhibition Review: ArtAsiaPacific, R. Varghese, Mar
Publication: Lahore Biennial 02, Jan
Exhibition Catalog: Hold Everything Dear, Power Plant
Exhibition Review: ArtForum International, G. Moser, Sep
Exhibition Highlight: ArtAsiaPacific, Sep
Artist Talk: In Conversation with Nabila Abdel Nabi and Jayne Wilkinson, Toronto Biennial of Art, Sep
Artist Feature: Canadian Art Magazine, J. Wilkinson, Sep
Exhibition Catalog: Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now, British Museum, Sep
Artist Interview: The Intimate and the Infinite, NGC Magazine, S. Moore, May
Artist Feature, Esse Magazine, B. Trepanier, May
Guest Panelist: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, May
Publication: Re: Bunker – Sediments of History(s), F. Zolyom, Feb
Exhibition Catalog: Crude, Jameel Arts Centre, M. Vali, Nov
Catalog Feature: Spaces in Between, Venice Architecture Biennale, National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia, May
Performance: Sharjah Art Foundation March Meetings, Sharjah, UAE, Mar
Guest Panelist: History, Collecting and the Art Object, Contemporary Art Symposium, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Feb
2018 Artist Talk: Asia Art Archive in America, New York, Feb
2017  Visiting Artist/Lecture: School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, Nov
2017  Artist Talk: Art Speaks, Montreal, Oct
2017  Performative Lecture: FIELD MEETING Take 5: Thinking Projects, Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), New York, Oct
2017  Artist Talk: Conversations In Contemporary Art: CICA Lecture Series, Concordia University, Montreal, Oct
2017Artist Feature: Canadian Art, C. Morgan-Feir, May
2017 Artist Interview: IBRAAZ Magazine, S. Bailey, Dec
2017Artist Interview: The White Review, R. Travis, Nov
2016Artist Feature: Arts Section, Montreal Gazette, J. Pohl, Aug
2016Exhibition Review: Apollo Magazine, Apr
2016Artist Feature: Arts Section, Financial Times, R. Spence, Apr
2016Exhibition Highlight: In the Frame: The Art Newspaper, J. Pez, Mar
2016Artist Talk: Culture Now Series, ICA, London, Mar
2016Exhibition Review: Corridor8, D. Pritchard, Feb
2016Exhibition Highlight: Art Radar, C. Stolfi, Jan
2016In Conversation: w/Professor Steve Graham, BALTIC, Jan
2015Review: Bodies Beneath, Drain Magazine, J. Wilkinson, Dec
2015In Conversation: w/Curator Natasha Ginwala, KW Berlin, Oct
2015Audio Interview: Art Talks Montreal, Episode Fourteen, Sept
2015Exhibition Essay: Watermarks: Hajra Waheed’s Asylum In the Sea, Darling Fonderie, June
2015Artist Profile & Interview: Where’s Art, Apr/Sept
2015Audio Interview: ArtTalks Montreal, Episode Fourteen Apr
2015Panel Discussion: Art Basel Hong Kong Salon Sessions, AAA, Mar
2014Exhibition Highlight: “Finding Fragments” Harpers Bazaar Art, R. Proctor, Sept-Oct
2014Review: “Tale Spin”, Elle Magazine, (Radar: One to Watch), V. Chhibber, Oct
2014Review: “MAC Montreal Exhibitions A Marvel of Curation” Canadian Art Magazine, R. Rhodes, Apr
2014Exhibition Highlight: “Best Group Shows” DAZED, Jan
2014Review: “Collecting: The Art Market” Financial Times UK, Feb
2014Exhibition Catalogue Review: “Sea Change” Experimenter, HG Masters, Jan
2014Review: “In Search of the Missing” The Hindu, S. Tripathi, Mar
2014Review: “So Much for Stereotypes” Financial Times, R. Spence, Feb
2013Guest Panelist: Canadian Public Arts Funders-Visual Arts, Fredericton, NB, Sept
2013Exhibition Highlight: “Statements Art Basel” NZZ Swiss/German Newspaper, June
2013Review: “Canadians Ship Out to Art Basel” Canadian Art Magazine, L. Sandals, June
2013Review: “Among The Ruins” Times Crest Culture, J. Mazumdar, June
2013Review: “Art Basel Part 1 – Return to the Art(s)” Ocula, S. Bailey, June
2013Exhibition Highlight: “Experimenter Gallery at Art Basel” Blouin ArtINFO, R. D’Mello, June
2013Review: “The 5th India Art Fair and Parallel Events” Art Agenda, N. Ginwala, Feb
2013Critics Pick & Review: “An Archive of the Missing” ArtSlant, P. Maiti, Feb
2013Exhibition Review: “Into Something Rich and Strange” Telegraph India, U. Mukherjee, Feb
2013Interview: “Artist Hajra Waheed on Sea Change” Blouin ArtINFO India, R. D’Mello, Jan
2012Book: Lines of Control: Partition As A Productive Space, N. Nasar (Ed.), London, pp.212-215
2012Audio Slideshow: “Middle Eastern Art Stars” The Guardian (Arts & Culture -Online), D. Batty, Nov
2012Artist Talk: “Hajra Waheed” The Delfina Foundation, London UK
2012Exhibition Catalogue: Come Invest In Us. You’ll Strike Gold The Hilger BrotKunsthalle, Vienna
2012Artist Lecture: “Borders of Language Symposium” Tapies Foundation, Barcelona
2011Review: “Changing Stakes”, Canadian Art Magazine (Online), C. Turions, Dec
2011Review: “New Currents: Ghosts In the Lens”, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, HG Masters, July/Aug Issue
2011Listing: “Top Ten London Shows: Different Abstractions”, SAATCHI Online, P. Carey-Kent, Apr
2010Review: “Foreign Palette: Going Places”, DAWN NEWS, June 6, Pakistan
2010Catalogue Essay: “Drawn From Life: Drawing Form”, Green Cardamom, Eddie Chambers
2009Article: “Aligning The Debate”, The National Newspaper, M. Waqar, 22 Jan, UAE
2009Article: “Stories of Us, and Them”, Khaleej Times, M. Waqar, 24 Jan, Pakistan
2009Article: “Form and Color of Divided Destinies”, Gulf News, L. Haroon, 24 Jan, UAE
2009Essay: “State of the Art’, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, H. Nasar, 24 Jan
2009Radio Interview: “UK Lines of Control”, The Strand, BBC News Radio, 17 Feb, London, UK
2009Radio Interview: British Satellite News, 18 Feb, London, UK
2009Review: “Lines of Control”, Frieze Magazine, E. Williams, 3 Mar
2009Article: “Art Mart: A Contemporary Approach” DAWN News, 20 Dec, Pakistan
2007Keynote Artist Address: McGill University, Faculty of Education, Fall Semester, Montreal, QC
2005Panel Speaker: “Beauty, Truth and the Making of Art”, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000Featured Artist: Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Winter Edition, Chicago Chapter, Chicago, IL

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Select Collections

New YorkMuseum of Modern Art
LondonBritish Museum
New YorkHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Hong KongBurger Collection
New DelhiDevi Art Foundation
LondonJohn Jones Collection
DhakaSamdani Art Foundation
MontréalMusée d’art contemporain de Montréal
New DelhiGujral Foundation
OttawaNational Gallery of Canada
ParisCentre Pompidou
ChicagoArt Institute of Chicago