Tasnim Baghdadi is an artist who was born in Cologne and is currently based in Basel and Fribourg, Switzerland.
Her work is inspired by her interest for modern art, searching for a contemporary visual language in the range between the abstract and the figurative. Tasnim’s work intends to deconstruct body space dualisms while working with themes of corporeality as visual expoloration of gestural abstraction through drawings on different media. The body of work transforms body and medium into a process of ambiguity manifesting itself in intuitive and conceptual as well as in pictorial and spatial ways.
In her artistic practice Tasnim questions the notion of the finished piece. The process of art making is at the center of her practice. Studies on paper, fabric or canvas reveal ephemeral interactions of materiality, aesthetics and expressive technique. She combines a variety of media, including pen and ink, gouache, acrylic, printmaking, installation, mixed media and digital to explore the possibilities of visual art making.
Tasnim studied Product Design in Venlo and Art History M.A. in Bonn. Her work was already on display in London, Chicago, Munich, Amsterdam, Cologne, Dubai and Berlin. Besides her artistic focus, she also works as a freelance art director, creating visual concepts for editorials, networks and events as well as a lecturer and art mediator for exhibitions.
Since 07/18 Art Educator at Fondation Beyeler - coordination of workshop and Assistance Head of Art Education
03/16 - 10/17 Freelance Art Mediator at LWL Museum for Art and Culture Münster
Since 2016 Co-founder & art director of Nachbild- An artist collective consisting of video artist and photographer Elif Küçük, visual artist, illustrator and designer Tasnim Baghdadi and artist and illustrator Moshtari Hilal
05/14 - 06/17 Research Assistant at the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Münster
Since 2015 Freelance Lecturer, Art History of the MENA Region at the University of Münster
Since 2014 Freelance Art Director and Designer
Since 2017 Member of Archiv - an Artist database and a quarterly fanzine that collects artists’ works in order to further make them available to young or alternative art spaces
Since 2017 Member of Women Who Draw - an open directory of female* professional Illustrators
12/14 "Act of Imagination" - The role of the Arts in muslim communities - Artist in Residence Dec. 2014