b. 1983, Ho Chi Minh City
Munem Wasif investigates complex social and political issues by getting close to people, both physically and psychologically, dealing with multiple questions and contradictions through his artistic language, which often employs stark black and white photography. Wasif often experiments beyond tradition, testing the possibilities of fiction, while using familiar documentary language. Wasif’s solo exhibition history includes: Jomin o Joban, A Tale of Land (2017) Project 88, Mumbai; Belonging, Gallery Clementine de la Feronniere, Paris (2012); and Salt Water Tears, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherland (2010). His work has also been included in: 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2018); Gwangju Biennale (2016, 2018); Dhaka Art Summit (2016, 2018); the Singapore Biennale (2016); You Cannot Cross the Sea Merely by Staring at the Waves, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna (2016); Eyes on Bangladesh, New York (2014); and exhibited at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2010). In 2017, he was a finalist for Prix Pictet, recognised as the world’s leading prize for photography. He was one of the curators of Chobi Mela – International Festival of Photography and trustee of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute.