Photocredit: Elif Küçük - CastorxPollux


Tasnim Baghdadi is an illustrator, visual artist, designer and art mediator 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 meta-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 memory as well as a sense of longing and belonging from within hybrid realities with help of metaphorical repetition, while mainly focusing on the human form and faces.

Tasnim studied Product Design in Venlo and Asian and Islamic Art History M.A. in Bonn. Her work was already on display in London, Chicago, Munich and Berlin as well as part of panels, lectures and printed in publications.

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 intersectionality and 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.

Tasnim also work as a freelance Illustrator and graphic designer, creating visual concepts for editorials, startups, conferences and events as well as print design and stationeries (contact for pdf portfolio).


07/17 "Meine Arbeit versucht, Lebensrealität in ihrer Komplexität zu bestärken" - Interview for Heinrich Böll Stiftung


06/17 - 10/17 Art Mediator at Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017

05/16 - today Freelance Art Mediator at LWL Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster

Since 2016 Co-Founder, curator & 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


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