Book launch – Fahd Burki: daydreams

Join us for the launch of Fahd Burki: daydreams, a monograph of the Lahore-based artist published by Mousse Publishing and Art Jameel.

The publication follows Fahd Burki‘s eponymous survey exhibition at Jameel Arts Centre in 2022. It includes commissioned essays by writers Saira Ansari and Murtaza Vali that take a unique look at the artist’s earlier life and work, and offer an insight into the evolution of his practice from figuration to minimalist abstraction.  

With Fahd Burki, Saira Ansari, Murtaza Vali. 

Fahd Burki (lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan) graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2003 and received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2010. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally, including Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, 2022; 9th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2017; National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2016; Gwangju Biennale 11, 2016; Office for Contemporary Art Norway: OCA, Oslo, 2016; Dhaka Art Summit, 2016; British Council Headquarters, London, 2015; and Carré D’Art, Nîmes, 2014. In 2014, a monograph of the artist’s work was published in association with Skira, Milan.

Saira Ansari (lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates) is an independent writer and researcher employing creative non-fiction to think about art practice and criticism, feminist histories, gardens, grief, science fiction, and South Asia and its real and imagined peripheries. As an editor, Ansari has worked with a wide range of artists and writers from across South Asia, the Middle East and Iran. Recent projects include the upcoming monographs on Bani Abidi (Hatje Cantz, 2022) and Sahand Hesamiyan (Black Dog Press, 2023). Previously, Ansari worked at Sharjah Art Foundation where she managed book projects and the FOCAL POINT art book fair. Ansari’s research focuses also on Pakistani modernist Zubeida Agha and projects include the Zubeida Agha Archive hosted by Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.

Murtaza Vali (lives and works in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; and New York, United States) is a critic, curator, and art historian. His ongoing research interests include materialist art histories, ex-centric minimalisms, ghosts and other figures of liminal subjectivities and repressed histories, the weight of colour and contemporary art of the Indian Ocean littoral. A recipient of the 2011 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing, he publishes regularly in various international art periodicals and in exhibition catalogues for not-for-profit institutions and commercial galleries worldwide. Vali is Curator-at-large of FRONT International 2022: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art and Adjunct Curator at the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, where he curated the widely acclaimed inaugural group exhibition Crude (2018), which explored the relationship between oil and modernity across South West Asia.


Fahd Burki: daydreams

Published in February 2023


16.5 x 24 cm (hardcover)

128 pages (ill.)

Published by Art Jameel and Mousse Publishing

Texts by Saira Ansari and Murtaza Vali

Edited by Dawn Ross and Lucas Morin 

Graphic design by Dina Al Khatib (Art Jameel)

ISBN 978-8-867496-21-1



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