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Fazal Rizvi, But I only just want to know you, video still, 2011.

Fazal Rizvi, But I only just want to know you, video still, 2011.

Fazal Rizvi, My Mother's (only) Daughter, video still, 2011.

Fazal Rizvi uses text to work through personal and national notions of loss and absence. Drawing on his own as well as other people’s experience, Rizvi experiments with forms of communication such as letters and dialogue to expose the fragility and failures that often constitute intimacy. Formed by an event, shared circumstances, heritage or national identity, intimacy in Rizvi's work is examined in its many forms, whether between two individuals, a person and their possesions or a group of people.

At Gasworks, Rizvi plans to examine what kind of identity and experience the term ‘second generation immigrant’ might suggest, looking both at personal accounts and archival material in London's cultural institutions.

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Fazal Rizvi lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan. He has had solo exhibitions at Indus Valley Gallery, Karachi (2014), Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, Lahore (2013) and
Arcus Project, Moriya, Japan (2011). His work has been part of group exhibitions at Cooper Gallery Project Space, Dundee (2014), The Lahore Literary Festival (2014), Gallery 39-K, Lahore (2013), Hedah Gallery, Maastricht (2013).

The residency is supported by Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust, British Council Pakistan and coordinated in partnership with VASL Artists Collective.