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Tasnim Baghdadi is an illustrator, artist and designer who was born in Cologne, Germany and is currently based in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Her artistic work is inspired by her interest for modernist art, searching for a contemporary visual language in between the abstract and the figurative. Her main themes derive from images within cultural history and the human condition. She aims to fathom, de- and reconstruct concepts of personal and collective longing and belonging from within hybrid realities while mainly focusing on the human form and faces. Her work deals with the topics of body and space, which she uses in an abstract and metaphorical manner to visualize and communicate different states of conscioussness and social dynamics.
Tasnim studied Product Design in Venlo and Art History M.A. in Bonn. Her work was already on display in London, Chicago, Munich, Amsterdam and Berlin.
In her artistic practice she centers the process of art making: Studies and drawings in sketchbooks are as relevant to her body of work as finished pieces on paper or canvas, showing a certain interconnectivity of themes, style and expressive technique. She combines a variety of media, including pen and ink, gouache, linoleum cut printmaking, and digital to explore the possibilities of visual art making.
Besides her artistic focus, she also works as a freelance art director, creating visual concepts for editorials, networks and events as well as an art mediator for exhibitions (contact for pdf portfolio).
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
"Expressions of feminism from the arab and muslim diaspora" - for i-d Vice UK/Germany
"Meine Arbeit versucht, Lebensrealität in ihrer Komplexität zu bestärken" - Interview für Heinrich-Böll Stiftung
Since 2017: Member of Women Who Draw - an open directory of female* professional Illustrators
Since 2016: Member of Variant Space - A ground breaking collective and platform for female Muslim artists from all over the world
/ Artist Residencies
12/14: "Act of Imagination" - The role of the Arts in muslim communities - Artist in Residence Dec. 2014