TASNIM BAGHDADI (1988) 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 is a visual exploration of corporeality through gestural abstraction and painting, drawing 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.
The process of art making is at the center of Tasnim’s practice. Studies on paper, fabric or canvas reveal ephemeral interactions of materiality, aesthetics and expressive technique. She combines a variety of media, including ink, 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, Berlin and Zurich. Besides her artistic focus, she also works as a freelance Art Director as well as a Lecturer and Art Educator.
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
12/14 "Act of Imagination" - The role of the Arts in muslim communities - Artist in Residence Dec. 2014