Hajra Waheed


Hajra Waheed’s works seek to address personal, national and cultural identity formation in relation to political history, popular imagination and the broad impact of colonial power globally.  Her mixed-media practice consists of ongoing bodies of work that constitute a growing personal archive – one developed in response to all those seemingly lost amongst rapid regional development and/or political strife.  Although works on paper remain the foundation of her practice, they often act as starting points for larger mixed media installations. Over the last decade, Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, most recently including Collages: Gesture & Fragments, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (2014), Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata (2013), (In) the First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona and Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY (2012).  Recipient of the prestigious 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a Canadian mid-career visual artist, her works can be found in a number of permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the British Museum, London, the Burger Collection, Zurich and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi. She lives and works in Montréal.

Recent exhibitions


KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE (Title- TBA)

La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC


Lines of Control, The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, NC


Minutes From A Second Story, Center A, Vancouver, BC

Field Notes and Other Backstories, Art Gallery of Windsor, ON (full-color catalog)

Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata, IN


The Scrapbook Project, Green Cardamom, London, UK