Artist Kashif Nadim Chaudry speaks with curator Mikala Tai about his practice and participation in the exhibition ‘I am a heart beating in the world: Diaspora Pavilion 2, Sydney’ presented by International Curators Forum in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
Kashif Nadim Chaudry (lives and works in Nottingham, United Kingdom) is informed by his family heritage in tailoring, which has influenced and focused his practice around the importance of materiality and craftsmanship. His work is characterised by the working, shaping and moulding of physical objects through the use of elaborate textile-based techniques to create monumental installations from fabric and found objects. Negotiating his identity as a British born gay man of Pakistani Muslim heritage much of Chaudry’s work questions how people choose to position themselves in the world. In relation, it is increasingly the sculptural and three-dimensional possibilities within his work that address the idea of positioning power, the sacred and the ceremonial.
Mikala Tai is the director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney.