Mohsin Shafi


Mohsin Shafi (b. 1982) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his BFA (2007) and his MVA (2011) from the National College of Arts, Lahore, where he continues to teach. Shafi has showcased his work at prominent galleries in Pakistan as well as in international exhibitions. Shafi is also an active member of the ‘Awami Art Collective’, a group of artists and activists intervening public spaces in Pakistan for peaceful co-existence and celebration of diversity.


I exploit my unadulterated access to the deepest emotions embedded beneath the surface, only to explore the whispered secrets of dreams and long buried memories. This is my burden, my struggle constant, in hopes to validate the “I”.

I question the blurred edges between identity and the intentions of identity. In my images, I attempt to seizure what I see and record their frail existences, only to return, relive and recreate my world; somewhere between dreams and their documentation, where nothing is as it is and everything is as it isn’t.

Through a play with an existing library of images and texts, I attempt to communicate multiple interpretations of familiar subjects. And perhaps in doing so, pose more questions than answers for my viewers. These perceived visuals hence become facets of my current persona, both real and imagined.

Courtesy of the artist

Mohsin Shafi
Pinky, 2016
Acrylic, Sufaida, Inkjet prints, photo transferring
13 x 15 inches

Courtesy of the artist

Mohsin Shafi
Where the Trees Line the Water that Falls Asleep in the Afternoon, 2016
Inkjet print, photo transfer, ball pen, acrylics, markers, opaque colors and found papers
16.5 x 22 x 3 inches