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Tasnim Baghdadi is an artist who was born in Cologne and is currently based in Fribourg and Basel.

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.


Projects

Starting 07/18 Art Educator - practical training at Fondation Beyeler - coordination of workshop and assistance Head of Art Education

06/17 - 10/17 Art Mediator for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 and participant for Koki Tanaka's project

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

Press

Das Nachbild Kollektiv auf der q[lit]* clgn, Ausstellungsrezension

"Expressions of feminism from the arab and muslim diaspora" - for i-d Vice UK/Germany

Review on Feminisms x the Arab and Muslim Diaspora

"Meine Arbeit versucht, Lebensrealität in ihrer Komplexität zu bestärken" - Interview für Heinrich-Böll Stiftung

Artforum Review on Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017

Femtastics Feature of Nachbild Kollektiv Collaboration

"Der weibliche Körper im Raum" - Feministische Accounts - Feature ze.tt

Memberships

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

Artist Residencies

12/14: "Act of Imagination"  - The role of the Arts in muslim communities - Artist in Residence Dec. 2014