He lives and works in Lahore. He received his BS Degree in Computer Science, Karachi (2004) and then later received a BFA from National College of Arts, Lahore (2008). Chagani has since exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in notable institutions around the world, including Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Centre, California; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; Abrons Arts Center, New York; Institute du Monde Arabe, France; Casa Arabe, Spain; Victoria and Albert museum, United Kingdom. Chagani was nominated for the Victoria and Albert Museum's prestigious Jameel Art Prize (2011), he was awarded with Jameel Prize residency in Victoria and Albert Museum (2017) and a guest residency in Rijks Academy, Netherlands (2012).
Artist Statement
I am creating jewellery and armour out of clay. This is in line with my interest in using bricks to produce something soft and delicate and it also resonates with the weight that men carry, the heavy responsibility of providing a home for their family from the day they are born. But I also think that the use of bricks to produce something precious can be a thoughtful comment on society. On the one hand, I am producing something precious out of something simple and humble. But it’s also about giving bricks the status and importance it used to have.
Noor Ali Chagani
The Weight l Carry, 2018
Terracotta miniature bricks, metal wires and acrylic paints
18 x 15 x 0.5