Artist Gazi Nafis Ahmed in conversation with Poet Sebastia Bennassar about his series “Inner Face” at  Sant Pau – Santa Creu Library. Organized by PEN Català.

Gazi Nafis Ahmed (born in  21 November 1982, Dhaka, Bangladesh) lives and works between Barcelona and Dhaka. He investigates social issues and codes associated with them in intimate, fluid and playful terms using photography and video. Inspired by real-world concerns human rights, equality and tolerance, he digs into  contemporary global issues. His practice eschews documentary detachment and moves fluidly in and out of fiction. A notable aspect of his approach is its therapeutic value, in which a form of mutuality and collaboration leads to catharsis for participants.

In 2003, after completing his A Levels from Bangladesh International Tutorial, he went on to study the foundation program in Art, Media & Design at London Guildhall University, in the United Kingdom. Later, he completed Undergraduate Degree in Documentary Photography from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Arhus, Denmark and received a Master’s in Fine Art Photography from Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, Spain. In 2016, Ahmed was invited to become a visiting fellow at The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University. In April 2019, he ended a yearlong artist residency in Spain, which was supported by The Andrew W Mellon Foundation. He is a visiting lecturer at Danish School of Media & Journalism and Arte de India program at Complutense University.

He represented the Pavilion of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2019. 

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