Hajra Waheed’s multidisciplinary practice ranges from painting and drawing to video, sound, sculpture and installation. Amongst other issues, she explores the nexus between security, surveillance and the covert networks of power that structure lives, while also addressing the traumas and alienation of displaced subjects affected by legacies of colonial and state violence. Characterized by a distinct visual language and unique poetic approach, her works use the ordinary as a means to convey the profound, and landscape as a medium to transpose human struggle and a radical politics of resistance and resilience.

Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide including: Hum (2020) Portikus, Frankfurt (2020); Globale Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020); Lahore Biennial 02, Pakistan (2020); Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now, British Museum, London (2019); Hold Everything Dear, The Power Plant, Toronto (2019); 57th Venice Biennale, VIVA ARTE VIVA, Venice (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016); Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Quebec (2014); Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY (2012) and (In) The First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona, ES (2012).

She was a finalist for the 2016 Sobey Art Award and received the 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a mid-career artist. Waheed’s works can be found in permanent collections including MOMA, New York; British Museum, London; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Art Institute of Chicago; Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.

  • 2007 - 11 PhD International & Comparative Education, McGill University (TBC)
  • 2005 - 07 MA Degree, McGill University, Montréal, QC
  • 1998 - 02 BFA Degree, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
  • 1995 - 02 High School Diploma, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
  • 2024 TBD, State of Concept, Athens
  • 2024 TBD, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, Palma
  • 2023 TBD, Kamal Lazaar Foundation: B7L9 Art Station, La Marsa/Tunis
  • 2023 TBD, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, US
  • 2021 Learning to Tremble, Mor Charpentier, Paris
  • 2020 Hum, Portikus, Frankfurt
  • 2019 Hold Everything Dear, The Power Plant, Toronto
  • 2017 Hajra Waheed: Video Installation Project, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
  • 2016 The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
  • 2016 Sea Change - Chapter 1, Character 1: In the Rough, Mosaic Rooms, London
  • 2015 Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, London
  • 2015 Asylum In The Sea, Fonderie Darling, Montréal
  • 2013 Minutes From A Second Story, Center A, Vancouver
  • 2013 Field Notes and Other Backstories, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario
  • 2013 Sea Change, Experimenter, Kolkata
  • 2012 The Scrapbook Project, Green Cardamom, London
  • 2023 Thinking Historically in the Present, Sharjah Biennial 15, Sharjah
  • 2022 TBD, British Museum, London
  • 2022 Jaou Tunis, Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis
  • 2021 Relations: Diaspora and Painting, Esker Foundation, Calgary
  • 2021 Seen and Unseen, B7L9 Art Station, La Marsa
  • 2021 A Sunless Future? , Mor Charpentier, Paris
  • 2020 Overt: Militarization as Ideology, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto
  • 2020 Globale Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • 2020 Relations: Diaspora and Painting, PHI Foundation, Montréal
  • 2020 Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
  • 2020 Seismic Movements, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka
  • 2020 Lahore Biennale 02, Lahore
  • 2019 Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now, British Museum, London
  • 2019 The Shoreline Dilemma, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto
  • 2019 Flap To, Monkey Tot: Works from the Bergmeier Collection, Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin
  • 2019 Public/Private, 21,39 Jeddah Arts, Al Balad
  • 2019 Developing Historical Negatives, CONTACT Photography Festival, Gallery 44, Toronto
  • 2018 Crude, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai
  • 2018 Structures of Meaning | Architectures of Perception, Gallery S, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi
  • 2017 Landfall and Departure, Nanaimo Art Gallery, British Columbia
  • 2017 Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Farewell Photography, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
  • 2017 Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, Giardini, Venice
  • 2017 Letters, ATHR Gallery, Jeddah
  • 2017 “Klappe eins, Affe tot…”, Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin
  • 2016 The Missing One, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo
  • 2016 Sobey Art Award Exhibition , National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • 2016 The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), 11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
  • 2016 The Missing One, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka
  • 2015 Shadow Scenes, ColomboScope, Colombo
  • 2015 Le Polygraphe, Mois de La Photo, Les Territoires, Montréal
  • 2015 La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • 2014 Lines of Control, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University
  • 2014 Equations of Sight-Similarity, On Stellar Rays, New York
  • 2014 The Missing or: One thing next to another, Kunstsaele Berlin, Berlin
  • 2014 Collages: Gesture and Fragments, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • 2014 Art Dubai Commissioned Projects, Dubai
  • 2014 Frieze London, Focus Section
  • 2013 Art Basel Switzerland, Features Section
  • 2013 Art Dubai, Dubai
  • 2013 India Art Fair, New Delhi
  • 2012 A Permanent Record For Future Investigation, Green Art Gallery, Dubai
  • 2012 ArtasFoundation: A Tone of Art, HD Centre For Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva
  • 2012 Come Invest In Us. You’ll Strike Gold, Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna
  • 2012 Lines of Control, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca
  • 2012 India Art Fair, New Delhi
  • 2012 (In) The First Circle, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona
  • 2011 Changing Stakes, Mercer Union: Center for Contemporary Art, Toronto
  • 2011 ArtHK11: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong
  • 2011 Different Abstractions, Green Cardamom, London
  • 2011 Art Dubai, Dubai
  • 2010 Drawn From Life, Drawing Form, Green Cardamom, London
  • 2010 ArtHK10: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong
  • 2009 Paper Planes, SAVAC Members Exhibition, VMAC Gallery, Toronto
  • 2009 How Nations Art Made, Bradford Museums, IIkley
  • 2009 Lines of Control, Green Cardamom, London / VM Gallery, Karachi / Third Line Gallery, Dubai
  • 2008 Women With Fire Power, SAVAC @ TIAF, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
  • 2007 Real Mountain: Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Eva B. Gallery, Montréal
  • 2006 Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Fabrica, Treviso, Portugal
  • 2005 Remembering Memories, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago
  • 2003 Kiss, Performance, Around the Coyote, Chicago
  • 2002 BFA Thesis Show, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  • 2001 The Magician, (A)rtist (S)paces for (A)rtist (P)rojects, Chicago
  • 2001 Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Lounge Gallery, Chicago
  • 2000 Test Site, Congress Theatre, Chicago
  • 2000 No Gold Chains , Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, Gallery 1926, Chicago
  • 2000 Be-More, Superfantastic Art Engine Collective, 204 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD
  • 1999 Art Bash, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  • Museum of Modern Art, NEW YORK
  • British Museum, LONDON
  • Burger Collection, ZURICH/HONG KONG
  • National Gallery of Canada, OTTAWA
  • Devi Art Foundation, NEW DELHI
  • Centre Pompidou, PARIS
  • Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, MONTRÉAL
  • Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NEW YORK
  • John Jones Collection, LONDON
  • Gujral Foundation, NEW DELHI
  • Collection de la Caisse de Depot, MONTRÉAL
  • Collection Giverny Capital, MONTRÉAL
  • Samdani Art Foundation, DHAKA
  • Art Institute of Chicago, CHICAGO
  • 2022 Panelist, 'Remote Control' Symposium, High Line Art & Vera List Center, Feb.
  • 2022 Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture, University of British Columbia, Feb.
  • 2022 Artist Lecture, South Asia Art Initiative, University of California, Berkeley, Feb.
  • 2022 Exhibition Catalog, 'Hold Everything Dear', The Power Plant, TO
  • 2020 Interview, 'Hum' and Abolitionist Modes of Listening, Reece Cox, Dec.
  • 2020 Radio Interview, 'Hajra Waheed: Listening with Reem Shadid', Radio Al-Ahara, Nov.
  • 2020 Exhibition Review, 'Hajra Waheed and the Hum of Protest,' Frieze, Carina Bukuts, Oct.
  • 2020 Exhibition Catalog, 'RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting', Phi Foundation, Rachel Spence, Oct.
  • 2020 Visiting Faculty, Residency: 'Soft Power', Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Nov.
  • 2020 Cover Feature, 'Collective Cosmologies', ArtAsiaPacific, Issue 120, HG Masters, Sep/Oct.
  • 2020 Exhibition Review, 'Take One: Critical Mass', Canvas Magazine, Nadine Khalil, Jul.
  • 2020 Exhibition Review, 'Cardinal Points', Canvas Magazine, Zohreen Murtaza, Mar.
  • 2020 Exhibition Catalog, Global(e) Resistance, Éditions du Centre Pompidou
  • 2020 Exhibition Review, 'Hajra Waheed', Border Crossings, Issue 153, Earl Miller, Mar.
  • 2020 Exhibition Review, 'Hold Everything Dear', ArtAsiaPacific, Issue 117, Ricky Varghese, Mar/Apr.
  • 2020 Exhibition Catalog, 'Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives', McMullen Museum of Art
  • 2020 Publication, 'Between the Sun and the Moon', Lahore Biennial 02, Jan.
  • 2019 Exhibition Review, 'Hajra Waheed | The Power Plant', Artforum, Vol. 58, No. 4, Gabrielle Moser, Dec.
  • 2019 Exhibition Highlight, 'AAP Monthly Picks: September - October', ArtAsiaPacific, Sep.
  • 2019 Artist Talk, Conversation with Nabila Abdel Nabi & Jayne Wilkinson, Toronto Biennial/Canadian Art, Sep.
  • 2019 Artist Feature, 'Constellations', Canadian Art Magazine, Jayne Wilkinson, Sep.
  • 2019 Exhibition Catalog, 'Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now', British Museum, UK.
  • 2019 Artist Interview, 'The Intimate and the Infinite', NGC Magazine, Shannon Moore, May
  • 2019 Artist Feature, 'Hajra Waheed', esse arts + opinions, Issue 96, Béatrice Cloutier-Trepanier, Printemps
  • 2019 Panelist, 'Developing Historical Negatives', Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, May
  • 2019 Publication, 'RE:Bunkers', University of the Arts, Bremen, Bloomsbury Publishing, Franciska Zolyom, Feb.
  • 2018 Exhibition Essay, 'Crude', Jameel Arts Centre, Murtaza Vali, Nov.
  • 2018 Catalog Feature, Venice Architecture Biennale, National Pavilion of Saudi Arabia, May
  • 2018 Performance, 'Hold Everything Dear', March Meetings 2018, Sharjah Art Foundation, Mar.
  • 2017 Performative Lecture, 'Hold Everything Dear', Asia Contemporary Art Week, New York, Oct.
  • 2017 Artist Lecture, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, Nov.
  • 2017 Artist Talk, 'Conversations in Contemporary Art: Hajra Waheed', Concordia University, Montreal, Oct.
  • 2017 Artist Feature, 'Hajra Waheed Traces a Rising Tide in Venice', Canadian Art, Caoimhe Morgan-Feir, May.
  • 2017 Artist Interview, 'Interview with Hajra Waheed', The White Review, Rebecca Travis, Feb.
  • 2016 Artist Interview, 'Systems of Fragments', IBRAAZ Magazine, Stephanie Bailey, Sep.
  • 2016 Artist Feature, Arts Section, Montreal Gazette, John Pohl, Aug.
  • 2016 Exhibition Review, 'Surveillance and Secrecy', Apollo Magazine, Richard Martin, Apr.
  • 2016 Artist Feature, Arts Section, Financial Times, Rachel Spence, Apr.
  • 2016 Exhibition Highlight, 'In the Frame', The Art Newspaper, Javier Pes, Mar.
  • 2016 Artist Talk, Culture Now Series, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Mar.
  • 2016 Exhibition Review, 'Hajra Waheed', Corridor8, Dave Pritchard, Feb.
  • 2016 Exhibition Highlight, Art Radar, Carmen Stolfi, Jan.
  • 2016 Artist Talk, Conversation with Professor Steve Graham, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Jan.
  • 2015 Panel Discussion, Art Basel HK Salon Sessions, Mar.
  • 2015 Panel Discussion, Art Basel HK Patrons Talk, Mar.
  • 2015 Exhibition Highlight, Asia Art Pacific Magazine, Mar.
  • 2015 Exhibition Essay, 'Watermarks', Darling Fonderie, Gabby Moser, Jun.
  • 2015 Audio Interview, Art Talks Montreal, Episode Fourteen, Sep.
  • 2015 Artist Talk, Conversation with Natasha Ginwala, KW Berlin, Oct.
  • 2015 Review, 'Bodies Beneath', Drain Magazine, Jayne Wilkinson, Dec.
  • 2014 Review, Canadian Art Magazine, Richard Rhodes, Apr.
  • 2014 Exhibition Highlight, 'Finding Fragments', Harpers Bazaar, Sep.
  • 2014 Review, 'Tale Spin: One to Watch', ELLE, Vatsala Chhibber, Oct.
  • 2014 Review, 'In Search of the Missing', The Hindu, Shailaja Tripathi, Mar.
  • 2014 Review, 'So Much for Stereotypes', Financial Times, Rachel Spence, Feb.
  • 2014 Exhibition Highlight, 'Best Group Shows', Dazed, Jan.
  • 2014 Review, 'Collecting: The Art Market', Financial Times, UK, Feb.
  • 2014 Exhibition Review, 'Sea Change', Experimenter, HG Masters, Jan.
  • 2013 Guest Panelist, Canadian Public Arts Funders, Sep.
  • 2013 Exhibition Highlight, NZZ Swiss, Statements Art Basel, Jun.
  • 2013 Review, Canadian Art Magazine, Jun.
  • 2013 Review, 'Among The Ruins', Times Crest, Culture, Jun.
  • 2013 Review, 'Art Basel Part 1 – Return to the Art(s)', Ocula, Jun.
  • 2013 Exhib Highlight, Experimenter Gallery at Art Basel, ArtINFO, Jun.
  • 2013 Review, The 5th India Art Fair and Parallel Events, Art Agenda, Feb.
  • 2013 Critics Pick & Review, 'An Archive of the Missing', ArtSlant, Feb.
  • 2013 Review, 'Into Something Rich and Strange', Telegraph India, Feb.
  • 2013 Interview, ArtINFO India, Jan.
  • 2012 Publication, 'Lines of Control: Partition As A Productive Space', ed. Ifthikar Dadi & Hammad Nassar, Apr.
  • 2012 Audio Slideshow, 'Middle Eastern Art Stars', The Guardian, Nov.
  • 2012 Artist Talk, The Delfina Foundation, London, UK
  • 2012 Exhibition Catalog, 'Come Invest In Us. You’ll Strike Gold', Vienna
  • 2012 Artist Lecture, Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona
  • 2011 Review, 'Changing Stakes', Canadian Art Magazine, Dec.
  • 2011 Artist Panel, Mercer Union, Center for Contemporary Art, Oct.
  • 2011 Review, 'New Currents: Ghosts In the Lens', ArtAsiaPacific, Jul.
  • 2011 Listing, 'Top Ten London Shows (April)', SAATCHI Online.
  • 2010 Review, 'Foreign Palette: Going Places', Dawn News, Jun.
  • 2010 Lecture, Symposium, White Chapel Gallery, London, Feb.
  • 2010 Publication, 'Drawn From Life: Drawing Form', Green Cardamom
  • 2009 Review, 'Art Mart: A Contemporary Approach', DAWN, Dec.
  • 2009 Review, 'Lines of Control', Frieze Magazine, Eliza Williams, Mar.
  • 2009 Radio Interview, 'Lines of Control', The Strand, BBC News, Feb.
  • 2009 Radio Interview, BSN (British Satellite News), Feb.
  • 2009 Review, Stories of Us and Them, Khaleej Times UAE, Jan.
  • 2009 Review, 'Form and Color of Divided Destinies', Gulf News, Jan.
  • 2007 Keynote Artist Address, McGill University, Faculty of Education, Montreal, QC
  • 2005 Panelist, 'Beauty, Truth and the Making of Art', Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2000 Featured Artist, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Winter, Chicago, IL