Haseeb Ahmed


Over the last 10 years Haseeb Ahmed has structured his research-based artistic practice around fluid dynamics of wind and water. His work, which combines objects, installations, and films, is often collaborative and draws from the hard sciences, blending art and aeronautics, myth and technology to create new narratives. With his experimental, and often speculative approach, Ahmed looks at natural phenomena and the cultural connotations they carry - throughout history and in light of their present-day implications in a shifting landscape.


Ahmed received his Masters in Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, US) and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (US)  in sculpture and architecture. As a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht, NL), Ahmed won the Designers and Artists 4 Genomics Award with his work The Fishbone Chapel and initiated the project Has the World Already Been Made?, which has been exhibited internationally including at the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (SE). The trilogy of exhibitions surrounding his work The Wind Egg culminated with a solo exhibition at M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (BE), curated by Nav Haq and the conclusion of his PhD in practice-based art from the University of Antwerp (BE). Ahmed’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (US), the Museum Bärengasse (Zürich, CH), De Appel (Amsterdam, NL), ArtLab EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH), Werkleitz Festival: Model and Ruin (Halle, DE), STUK (Leuven, BE) and Frestas - Trienal de Artes (São Paulo, BR) among others. His work was recently shown in the FRONT triennial (Cleveland, US), Digital Art Festival Taipei (TW), KIKK Festival (Namur, BE), LINK Fest (Oviedo, ES) and BOZAR (Brussels, BE).  Ahmed lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.