Bani Abidi is a contemporary Pakistani artist, who currently lives between Karachi and Berlin. Her videos, photographs and drawings are witty and satirical explorations of nationhood, history, bureaucracy and the politics of power in South Asia.
She studied painting and printmaking at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, earning a BFA in 1994. She later attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning an MFA in 1999. Her work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally, including at the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), Experimenter (Kolkata); Dallas Contemporary, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art (Newcastle), Green Cardamom (London), and TPW Gallery (Toronto). Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), the British Museum (London), and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), among others.