Munem Wasif


Munem Wasif explores complex socio-political issues through photography and video. His artistic practice is marked by close engagement and intimate commitment, both physical and psychological, with his subjects of interest and it usually unfolds through long-term research processes. While interested in the archival and social value of documentary photography, his works often confound the boundaries between fact and fiction.

Wasif was a participant in the Joop Swart Masterclass 20017, and he has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Sharjah Biennial 14; United Arab Emirates (2019); the 9th Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia (2018-19); An Atlas of Mirrors, Singapore Biennale (2016); Prix Pictet: Space, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2018); 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018); and the Artists' Film International, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2018).

Wasif’s publications include Belonging (Cl√©mentine de la Feronni√®re Editions, 2013), Salty Tears (Images Plurielles, 2011) and Standing on the edge (e-center, 2008). With Tanzim Wahab, he has co-edited two editions of Kamra, a comprehensive bangla book of photography that sets ideas and debates in photographic history and theories.

Wasif currently teaches at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka, and he is co-curator of the Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography. 

Wasif is represented by Agence Vu in Paris and Project 88 in Mumbai.

Munem Wasif