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WEST is proud to present International Artist in Residence Abi Tariq throughout MAY 2015. Tariq is a conceptual artist whose primary concern is with alternative modes of communication. Through existential investigations using text, sound, action and manipulation of form he uncovers a consciousness of already embedded, usually overlooked understandings present in our relations. He uses the term ‘organic telepathy’ to describe ‘an understoodness’ nurtured over time through intimacy.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan and based currently in Paris, France he is pursuing a low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree at Transart Institute between Berlin and New York. He is a core member of Pakistani artist troupe ‘TBP’ and works frequently with Paris based collective ‘Lamb Imaginarium’. His initial major displacement to Switzerland in 2007, has since made it imperative for him to create site/culture specific work.At present Abi’s research examines the overlap between mysticism and the absurd.

While at WEST Tariq will be preparing for his exhibition into ~ which will be opened on May 30th.

into ~

into /ˈɪntu/, before consonants /ˈɪntə/ preposition

  1. in to; in and to (expressing motion or direction towards the inner part of a place or

thing, and hence entrance or inclusion within limits, or change to new

circumstances, relations, condition, form, etc.).
2. Mathematics being the divisor of: 2 into 10 equals 5.

  1. Colloquial devoted to the use or practice of; having an enthusiasm for.Delbridge, Arthur. “Into.” The Macquarie Dictionary. 3rd ed. 1981. Print.’into’ calls attention to a perpetual transitory state that challenges the supposed human need for assurance through invariabilty. It is a philosophical side-step that reveals an ever-recurring event which questions whether the formation of ‘culture’ is inevitibly bound to the repetition of fixed patterns over time or if an unknowing fluidity can serve our psyches’ equally if not more efficiently.