Born 1975, Peshawar, Pakistan
Saks Afridi is a multi-disciplinary artist who was raised in several countries. Saks’s art practice is two-fold: Collaborative and Personal. His personal work investigates the predicaments and perplexities of the life of an ‘Insider Outsider’. This is the practice of achieving a sense of belonging while being out of place, finding happiness in a state of temporary permanence, and re-contextualizing existing historical and cultural narratives with the contemporary.
His latest project ‘SpaceMosque’, exists in a new genre he terms as ‘Sci-fi Sufism’. Here he explores the idea of ‘Spiritual Machines’ that fuse mysticism and technology, bringing humanity closer to understanding itself. Inspired by AfroFuturism, he sees this parafictional approach to Islamic folklore and mythology as a contemporary sister movement that can be described as Islamofuturism.
Saks likes to let the concept lead the medium he works in, often working with architects, artisans, modelers and fabricators to bring the work to life. He comes to art with a background in advertising, as a Creative Director on brands such as Mercedes-Benz, MTV and White Castle. He studied advertising at the Academy of Art and later sculpture at the Art Students League of New York. He speaks English, Urdu, Pashto and conversational Arabic.
He is the proud recipient of 2 Gold Cannes Lion Awards, 3 D&AD Pencils, 2 OneShow pencils and a United Nations Award for Peace & Understanding. His work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, CNN and The Colbert Report.
He lives and works in New York City.
SpaceMosque, Solo Show, Aicon Gallery, New York. January 2019
Pulse Art Fair, Dec 2017
National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan. November 2017
Abu Dhabi Art Fair, November 2017
Governors Island Art Fair, September 2017.
Aljira center for contemporary art, July 2017.
Aicon Gallery, NY - May 2017
Whitebox Gallery, NY - 2016, 2017
Salt Arts Festival, Southbank Center, London UK - 2016
Children's Museum of Manhattan - 2016
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Netherlands - 2014
Tate Modern, BP Art Exchange - 2014
Dumbo Art Festival, SAWCC - 2014
Miami Art Basel, The Fridge Art Fair - 2014
The Society of Domestic Museology - 2014
Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York City - 2013
The Gartner Gallery, New York City - 2012
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