Kashif Nadim Chaudry
Nadim is a Nottingham born artist, of Punjabi origin, living and working in
the East Midlands. He studied Textiles at Goldsmiths College, London, graduating in 2005 and has continued to develop his textile orientated art practice. A family heritage in tailoring has been very influential for his work and has focused his creativity around the importance of materiality and craftsmanship. The heart of Nadim’s practice lies with the working, shaping and moulding of physical ‘stuff’.
Negotiating his sexuality as a gay man, within different cultural and religious spheres, has been a fertile ground from which his practice has taken root and continuously draws inspiration. This ‘negotiation’ has often translated literally into physical space; a question of how you choose to position yourself in the world. In relation, it is increasingly the sculptural and three-dimensional possibilities within his work that address these issues of space and position.
Nadim is in awe of the monumental, the majestic and the sacred; from Neolithic architecture to the Taj Mahal and draws upon the vastness of historical cultures and their associated artefacts for inspiration. Closer to home, it is the colourful and sensual fabrics of South Asia that have always brought him joy and continue to embroider his practice. He is fascinated with embellishment, adornment and decoration and of how these techniques can be viewed as creating surfaces and skins. What interests Nadim specifically is the immediate dichotomy created by a surface and of what lies below; of how the artifice of a patina can elicit a desire to delve beneath.
A growing awareness of the intersections of his identity have brought him to this point in his practice. Whether British, Pakistani, Muslim or Gay, a deeper and closer scrutiny of their interplay has made him aware of the ‘performance’ of living. The narrative of our lives, which we daily edit and shape, is clothed in a multitude of surfaces, both literal and metaphysical and he is interested in what happens when these surfaces collide; of transgressive identities and the ruptures and ripples these create.
From an art historical perspective, it is the flamboyance of the Baroque which captures Nadim’s imagination as well as the grand narratives of religion and ceremony. A re-imagining of these sacred cows through the lens of a Queer man, has given his practice a wry tinge and coupled with this, he firmly believes in Art’s capacity to entertain and be fabulous.
Solo shows [selected]
‘The Three Graces’ Turner Contemporary, Margate
‘SWATCH’ Art in the Park, Milton Keynes
- Swags & Tails’ Asian Triennial 2014 Manchester Craft and Design Centre
- ‘Hareem’ Federation House, Castlefield Gallery
- ‘Nads’ Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham
- ‘MEMES’ Djanogly Gallery
- ‘Confessions of a Magpie’ Nottingham Contemporary
‘Even the Animals’, New Art Exchange, Nottingham
‘A Queer’s Dowry’, The Art Organisation, Nottingham
Group exhibitions [selected]
‘The Dreaming House’ Newstead Abbey, Nottingham
‘Sheep Sketchbook’ Antennae Media Centre, Nottingham
- ‘ASCO – No Movie’ Nottingham Contemporary
- ‘Out of this World’ Syson Gallery, Nottingham
- ‘Evolution of Embroidery’Walner Gallery, Nottingham
- Open Exhibition Djanogly Gallery, University of Nottingham
- ‘Because I Can’ Nottingham Studios Presents, Nottingham
- ‘We Are All Tuvalu II’ Mansfield Museum, Mansfield
- ‘Terra Incognita’ Surface Gallery, Nottingham
- \”Home\” Air Space Gallery, Stoke-On-Trent
- Leicester Open Art Gallery, Leicester
- Nottingham Open Nottingham Castle Gallery, Nottingham
- ‘We Are All Tuvalu’ Harrington Mill Studios, Long Eaton
Free Range Old Truman Brewery, London
Residencies & Awards
Arts Council research & development grant
Artist-in-Residence, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham
New Art Exchange cash prize & Solo Exhibition Nottingham Castle Open Exhibition
Elke Lacey Award for Excellence in Textiles Goldsmiths College