Asuf Ishaq   

My practice is concerned with themes of embodiment, fragmentation, displacement, migration, post-colonialism and memory, often presenting the physical diasporic body as an evolving archive that transmits experience with cultural and political meaning. My work unravels across spaces and narratives to reveal new meanings and draw out personal histories. Working with narration, words, sound and images, I deploy fiction, non-fiction, archival material, storytelling and personal memories in works that manifests as sculpture, moving image, installation, sound and photography.

I grew up in Birmingham, I studied in Birmingham, Brighton and London. I am a part-time associate lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts on the BA Fine Art Drawing programme.

2020    MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College of Art, London
1996    MA Graphic Design, Royal College of Art, London
1993    BA Graphic Design, University of Brighton

Group Exhibitions
2022    Image Behaviour, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
2022    New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London
2021    New Contemporaries, Firstsite, Colchester 
2021    Groundings, Goldsmiths CCA, London
2021    Inside the Country of the Skin, Stryx, Birmingham (solo)
2021    Longshore Drifting, Safehouse 1, London
2020   London Grads, Saatchi Gallery, London
2020   Incarnations, Montez Press Radio, New York
2020   Indernet Festival, Cologne, Germany
2019   Members show, Eastside projects, Birmingham
2019    Ways of Belonging, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham
2019    Interim Exhibition, Goldsmiths, London
2019    Sight for Sore Eyes, Gossamer Fog, London
2018    Schwamerei, Ort Gallery, Birmingham
2018    Chromophobia, Sloe Gallery, Manchester
2017    Occupied exhibition, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham
2017    MA Fine Art show, Birmingham School of art
2015    Visual Think Tank, Amsterdam
2015    Sunday Salon, Amsterdam

Coming up in 2022; 
The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (Jun-Sept 2022)
Indernet Cultural Festival, Cologne, Germany (June 2022)
Solo exhibition, Luva Gallery, London (May 2022)

Residency & Awards
2022   Selected for Image Behaviour experiments in artists’ moving image                 production award, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
2022   Selected for The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery Open
2022   New Contemporaries Digital Fellowships - (short-listed)
2021   Selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021
2021   VR Artist Residency, Stryx Gallery, Birmingham
2020   Almacantar Studio Award at Bow Arts, London
2020   ACME Studio Award, London, (short-listed)
2020   Artquest Adaption Award, London, (short-listed)

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More links

Goldsmiths CCA

Goldsmiths CCA conversation

New Contemporaries digital platform artist page

New Contemporaries website artist page

ICA artist page

Image Behaviour page