Asim Waqif
Bordel Monstre
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Curator : Daria de Beauvais
06.12.2012 – 21.01.2013


An architecture school graduate, Asim Waqif (b. 1978, lives and works in Delhi) is active today as both an artist and a designer. Contemporary urbanism and public space policies are at the heart of his work. His installations are concerned with demolition, deconstruction and temporary use of urban space and are always site-specific, in areas as diverse as a river or an abandoned urban zone. His work is often accompanied by extensive research, on subjects such as reviving the urban heritage of Rajasthan or formulating an environmentally sustainable approach to pilgrimage sites in the Himalaya. During his residency at SAM Art Projects (September – december 2012), Asim Waqif focuses on abandoned buildings or buildings in the process of being demolished, found in the suburbs of Paris as well as on the fringes or urban areas. His solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo takes the form of a site-specific work installed in an unusual space within the building.