Hajra Waheed’s multidisciplinary practice ranges from interactive installations to collage, video, sound and sculpture. Prompted by news accounts and extensive research, Waheed uses complex narrative structures to explore issues surrounding covert power, mass surveillance, cultural distortion and the traumas and alienation of subjects displaced through mass migration.
Waheed’s work been shown in exhibitions worldwide, including the 57th Venice Biennale (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016) and Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015). Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the British Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Burger Collection, Hong Kong and Devi Art Foundation, Delhi.
She received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a Canadian mid-career visual artist (2014) and was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2016).
Born in 1980 in Calgary, Canada, she lives and works in Montreal.