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 November 1982, Dhaka, Bangladesh) lives and works between Barcelona and Dhaka. He investigates complex social and political issues in intimate terms, dealing with multiple questions and conflicts using photography, video and storytelling as his tools. His works are intimately sublime in their stylistic brilliance. Inspired by real-world issues concerning equality, human rights and tolerance, he eschews documentary detachment, favouring a more intimate humanistic and often a playful kind of collaboration. A notable aspect of his approach is its therapeutic value, in which a form of mutuality, or “walking alongside”, leads to catharsis for all participants. The photographic projects have a strong activist undertone and challenge the ‘norm’ to start a discourse which favours the perspective of his participants—a term the artist refers to the more common “subjects. Always interested to “show” what is hidden, he digs into national histories and contemporary global issues.

In 2003, after completing his secondary school Bangladesh International Tutorial, he went on to study the foundation program in Art & 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 (IED) 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 is representing 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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