Tawfik Naas works across sculpture, installation and writing to explore the evolving shifts around the periphery of past historical events. His recent work has examined the construction of the 'Great Man-Made River' in Libya in 1984, an event that deeply impacted members of his family. Using second hand experiences and primary accounts of past historical events, Naas forms cosmologies around these now isolated moments to unearth hidden voices and energies, to create an unbiased view on the ways we are taught the past and to point towards a clearer vision of a future utopia.
Photos of Tawfik Naas' Studio
During his time at gasworks, Naas developed a project for the Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale, School of Waters. The work presents an oscillation of ideas all in motion, attempting to re-root our common understandings of written histories and science, to have them retold as myth or as legend through visual stimulants such as graphics or objects.
On the occasion of his Gasworks Open Studio Tawfik has made his publication, Widespread Armour and Accompanying Devices, available to read. Please find an extract below, and the full pdf available at the bottom of this page, alongside some other recent writing. WSAAAD follows an event taking place in the desert. With no witness present, the event is retold through the many shifting perspectives of physical matter such as rocks, sand, lightning and even non fictional entities such as portal openers. The booklet has acted as a vessel for certain research elements in Naas’ practice to form organic conclusions to what could be a utopia of hyper aware matter.
Tawfik Naas, Widespread Armour and Accompanying Devices, 2019 - ongoing. Lino prints on paper.
Tawfik Naas lives and works in London. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include; Mediterranea 19 young artists biennale, San Marino (2021); Degree Show, Goldsmiths University, London; lock + transmit, St. Hatcham Church, London (both 2019); Retracing a Disappearing Landscape, p21 Gallery, London (2018); and Utopian Home, Bones and Pearl Studio, London (2017).
Gasworks Studio Residencies are a response to outbreak of Covid-19, which has caused the postponement our international residency programme. Until the programme can resume, the residency studios have been made available to London-based artists and writers who are currently unable to afford their own dedicated workspace.