“Some days you want to be in the world, but can’t quite seemingly be part of its cruelty and injustices. Crowded with strangers, you look for external architectures of solace that must have been so prevalent in the ages of the past. Now long gone, you turn instead to the only place where there is a slim chance of obtaining a temporary reprieve, your prayers. “- Tasawar Bashir.
Tasawar Bashir is an incredibly understated individual. An artist and creative project director, Bashir produced work for the Venice biennale in 2012. An architecture graduate with an immense love of film and the arts, Bashir currently works with the New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Sampad, a development agency for South Asian Arts based in Birmingham.
During the 90’s Bashir worked for Cinephilia, a niche cinema for avant-garde filmgoers as well as BBC Radio and Channel Four. He went on to became Head of Cinema at MAC in Birmingham, where he developed international Film Festivals in collaboration with the BFI. By 2002 he was Head of Cultural Projects for the Birmingham European Capital of Culture bid team.
For the last decade, Bashir has been involved in a series of collaborations with Indian composer AR Rahman. He has also made short films, scripts, music videos, and photographic projects that examine crime, gang-related violence, inner-city identity and affiliation amongst young people. In his own work, Bashir explores notions of the sacred using modern technology, public data sets and software algorithms. He also conducts art-based experiments to design contemporary mosques.
Exploring the relationship between sound and space, Bashir draws on his time spent manning a cinema and enjoying the marriage of sound within a specified space.
In 2012 his work was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, which involved gallery-based works commenting on our collective responses towards the idea and the reality of God. Bashir’s current work investigates the concept of sacred sound.