"I am an investigator of materials and vernacular design. Focusing on their underlying source – as currency, as markers of cultural identity, or as exploitable artifact - I am interested in transforming these materials into varying formats that are deceptive, as an art form, allowing the viewer to savour them as primary material before a layer of trauma slowly reveals itself." 

– Tahir Karmali

The artist lives and works in New York, NY, US.

 

EDUCATION

2015

Masters in Digital Photography from School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, US

2009

BBA Marketing and Communications, Les Roches, CH

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 

UNTITLED, ART, Bode Projects, San Francisco, CA, US

2019

Fibers of Being, Bode Projects, Hamburg, DE

Tahir Carl Karmali: PAPERwork, Strongroom, Newburgh, NY, US

2018

Paper Planes, Sotheby's Institute, New York, NY, US 

2017 

PAPER:work, Pioneer Works, New York, NY, US

2016

Value, Brooklyn College Library, New York, NY, US

Jua Kali, United Photo Industries, New York, NY, US

2014

Untitled, Art Cabinet, Nairobi, KE

Jua Kali, Kuona Trust Arts Centre, Nairobi, KE

Value, Kuona Trust Arts Centre, Nairobi, KE

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Second Careers, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, US

2019

No More Water, The Old Stone House, New York, NY, US

OPEN CALL, The Shed, New York, NY, US

2018

PRIZM art fair, Alaina Simone Inc, Miami, FL, US

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Blanton Museum, Austin, TX, US

Tracing Obsolescence, Apex Art, New York, NY, US 

CODE Art Fair, Bode Projects, Copenhagen, DK 

Factors of Production, Rachel Uffner, New York, NY, US 

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Albuquerque M., Albuquerque, NM, US

New Threads, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, KE 

Immigrant Artists and the American West, Tacoma Art Museum, WA, US

2017

UPROOT Smack Melon, New York, NY, US

Sea of Trace, 505 Johnson Studios, New York, NY, US

How We Come and How We Go, Trestle Projects, New York, NY, US 

PAPER:work & Jua Kali, 1:54, London, UK 

Making Africa, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, US

Brassage Photographique, Villers-la-Ville, BE 

My Collection, MoCADA, New York, NY, US

Biennial Fotografica Bogota 2017, Bogota, CO

PAPER:work, Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, ZA

Figure 8, Foley Gallery, New York, NY, US

2016

In Dialog II - Photobastei, Zurich, CH

Addis Foto Festival, Addis Ababa, ET

Jua Kali as part of "Making Africa", Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL

Tumia part of Frontiers of The Present Exhibition, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, KE

Jua Kali, Africa Reframed, Copenhagen, DK

Tumia, Afreaka Festival, Galeria Olida, São Paulo, BR 

Jua Kali as part of "Making Africa", CCCB, Barcelona, ES 

2015

Displaced as part of "FUSE", SVA Gallery, New York, NY, US

Jua Kali as part of "Making Africa", Guggenheim, Bilbao, ES

Jua Kali, OBSCURA Festival, George Town, MY

Jua Kali, Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès, Fès, MA

Jua Kali, LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, NG

Jua Kali, IFCV Festival International de Fotografia, Mindelo, CV

Jua Kali, "Image Afrique '15", ArtBasel, Theaterplatz, Basel, CH

Jua Kali in Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Ghar el Melh, TN

Jua Kali, "Edition POPCAP", Artificial Image, Berlin, DE

Jua Kali as part of "Making Africa", Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein, DE

 

RESIDENCIES

2020

Watermill Center Artist Residency

BRICLab Performing Arts Residency

Lower East Side Printshop Key Holder Residency

2019

THE SHED Open Call Commission

2018

Triangle Artist Residency

2017

Pioneer Works Visual Artist Residency

Trestle Gallery Visiting Visual Artist Residency

2016

MacDowell Visual Artist Residency

BRIC visual artist in residency

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2019

Pollock-Krasner Grant

2017

Forbes 30 Under 30 Arts & Style

2015

IPA – International Photography Awards – Honorable Mention Professional Fine Art College

International Contemporary African Photography awards POPCAP’ 2015

Candidate at The New York Times Portfolio Review

Editor’s Choice Selection for GuatePhoto

2014

Kuona Trust Conceptual Exhibit Grant for “Jua Kali”

Kuona Trust Conceptual Exhibit Grant for “Value”