Asad Ali Zulfiqar (b. 1995, Karachi) is a new media artist, exploring ways of finding compassion for ourselves and others as a response to the prevailing political climate in their practice. Their work revolves around belonging (or not belonging), to our communities, lineages, built and natural environments, languages, mazhab and khud/a.
They are the recipient of the 2022 Prince Claus Seed Award, and the 2023 Rhizome Microgrant. In 2021, they won the Kurachee Tiny Publication Grant for their zine, 'Come Back Down to Earth' which has been selected to be a part of Jameel Library's collection at the e Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai. They hold a BA in Communication & Design from Habib University, Karachi.
Currently, they’re an artist-in-residence at two British Council-sponsored artist residencies: the Belonging/Disbelonging virtual residency, a collaboration between The New Art Gallery Walsall and IVS, Karachi, and New Narratives in Photography residency, a collaboration between Tasweerghar, Lahore and the Birmingham-based GRAIN Projects.
Thoughts that Keep Sakina Sleepless, in kal FICTIONS (Coming soon)
Asad Ali Zulfiqar, in Roots & Routes magazine, UK
The Dharma of Rooj Hussain, in Mil Ke Chai Art Paper, UK
Gender Mobility, on Who Gets to Talk About Whom, Pakistan
everyone, in Queerabad's Tilt, India
Unappetizing Bodies, in Queerabad's Tilt, India
Mindscape, CFAW, Karachi
AiiA Festival 2023, Geneva
The Looking Glass, LUMS, Lahore
Come Back Down To Earth, Library collection at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE
Zinefest Koeln 2021, Germany
Kurachee at COMO Museum, Lahore
The HU Experience, Habib University, Karachi
Karachiscape, Habib University, Karachi