Khadim Ali


Born 1978 Quetta, Pakistan. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.





Master of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan



Selected Solo Exhibitions



Fragmented Memories, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne


The Arrival, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia   


Transitions / Evacuation, ARNDT, Singapore


Transitions / Evacuation, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

The Haunted Lotus, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


The Haunted Lotus, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

The Haunted Lotus, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia


Rustam, Rohtas2 Lahore, Pakistan


Rustam, Green Cardamon London, UK


Qaeeda-e-Rivazi, Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


Jashn-e-Gull-e-Surkh (The celebration of red tulips), Chawkandi Art Gallery Karachi, Pakistan


Collaborative Projects



Khadim Ali and Jayce Salloum, The hear that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart, UTS, Sydney
Plug-In, Winnipeg, Canada


Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatoon, Canada


University of Technology Sydney Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada


The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna, Canada 

Two Person Exhibitions



The Soul of my Land, Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan


Untitled, SCAI X SCAI Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Australia


Selected Group Exhibitions


Enough خلاص Khalas, University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney

Waqt al-tagherr: Time of Change, ACE Open, Adelaide

Bearing Points - Dhaka Art Summit 2018, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, Katonah Museum of Art, New York

New Sacred, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

Daneha, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown


The National, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Roaring Guardians, Asia Society, Hong Kong

Rendez-vous, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

The Invisible, UTS Gallery, Ultimo, Australia

The Dust Never Settles, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia


Refugees, Casula Powerhouse, Campbelltown, NSW
beyond the Tower: UQ Art Museum - 40 years and counting, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane


National Artists Self-Portrait Prize, University of Queensland, Brisbane

MARZHA/BORDERS, Nexus Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

On Return and What Remains (touring), CACSA, Adelaide, Australia


On Return and What Remains (touring), Artspace, Sydney, Australia

Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia


Landlock, Casula Powerhouse, Western Sydney, Australia

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City


Propositions, Milani Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Shifting Sands, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

Home Again, The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany; Kabul, Afghanistan

12th Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong


Intimate Pictures, Pakistani Contemporary Miniatures, Pakistan

BATAP, Beijing Tokyo Art Project, Tokyo, Japan

The force of forgetting, Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia

Haunted Lotus, Cross Art Project, Sydney, Australia


Contemporary Shahnama Painting, The Prince’s Foundation Gallery, London, UK

Haunted Lotus, Cross Art Project, Sydney, Australia


East-West Divan, Venice Biennial, Italy

Safavid revisited, British Museum, London

East of Nowhere, Fondazione 107, Turin, Italy

Rustam, Bagh-e-Babur Kabul, Afghanistan


RED, Hatch Art, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan

Living Traditions, Bagh-e-Babur Kabul, Afghanistan; touring to National Gallery of Pakistan, Islamabad


Urban Myth & Modern Fables, UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia; touring Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Canada; 24 Hour Art, Darwin, Australia, Australia


Wind of Artist, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

5th Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia

Lila/Play, Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival, Span Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


Love/Hate, Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, UAE

Voices, World Bank, Islamabad, Pakistan


Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan

Extension, Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

Untitled, Rohtas (II) Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Untitled, Rohtas (I) Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

Untitled, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan


Roz-e-Nayayvish (Day of Worship), at National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan

New Voices, Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

Around Miniatures, Royatt Art Gallery, Lahore


Teaching Experience


     2009, 2012

Turquoise Mountain Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan

Marefat High School, Kabul, Afghanistan


Workshops at Bamiyan Boys High School and Bamiyan Girls High School, Afghanistan


Artist Residencies



Art Initiative Tokyo, Japan


Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan


Awards and Prizes



Western Sydney Arts Fellowship  


Australian Postgraduate Award


Images Prize, 23rd Images Festival, Toronto, Canada


Haji Sharif Prize, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan


Merit Scholarship NCA, Lahore, Pakistan

Baluchistan Merit Scholarship




Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

British Museum, London, UK

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

Foreign Office, Islamabad, Pakistan

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia

Private collections: England, USA, Holland, Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, Australia and Pakistan


(The Heart that has no Love/Pain/Generosity is not a Heart). Edited by Haema Sivanesan, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, 2010.


APT7 (The Seventh Asian Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art). Queensland Art Gallery, 2012.


Ali, Salwat. Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millennium. FOMMA and Pakistan National Council of the Arts, 2008.


Chameleon from the Ashes: Casca@70 2012. The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia INC., 2013, pp. 122-123.


Contemporary Asian Artist III: Contemporary Miniature Paintings from Pakistan. Edited by Yuko Yamaki, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, 2004.


Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative: Volume 1: South and Southeast Asia. Curated by YAP Teckcheng June, Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2013.


Hashmi, Salima. Memory, Metaphor, Mutations: Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan. Edited by Yashodhara Dalima, Oxford University Press, 2007.


Husain, Marjorie. Artviews: Encounters with Artists in Pakistan. FOMMA, 2005.


I’m Not There: A Sourcebook for the 8th Gwangju Biennale.  Edited by Massimiliano Gioni, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2010.


Khadim Ali: Haunted Lotus. Edited by Amna Tirmizi, Gandhara Art Hong Kong, 2012.


La Biennale di Venezia 53: Making Worlds Participating Countries Collateral Events (53rd International Art Exhibition – Fare Mondi Making Worlds). Edited by Daniel Birnbaum, Jochen Volz, Brian Sholis, Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, 2009.


Living Traditions: Contemporary Art from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. Edited by Jemima Montagu and Constance Wyndham, Turquoise Mountain, 2009.


No-Mad-Ness in No Man’s Land. The Eslite Corp., 2013, pp. 36-44.


Refugees. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 2016, pp.6-7.


Rustam: Paintings by Khadim Ali. Edited by Anita Dawood, Green Cardamom, 2007.


Tauqueer, Komal, and Tauqeer Muhajir. 20 Pakistani Artists You Should Know. Nigaah Magazine, 2013.


The 5th Asian-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Edited by Suhanya Raffel, Lynne Seear, Queensland Art Gallery Publishing, 2006.


The Eye Still Seeks: Pakistani Contemporary Art (A Panoramic View of the Vibrant, Brilliant World of Contemporary Pakitani Art. Edited by Salima Hashmi, Penguin Books India, 2015.


Thresholds of Motion – San Art Online Auction 2014, In Support of Vietnamese Contemporary Art, 4 – 8 December 2014. San Art, 2014, pp. 10-11.


Urban Myths and Modern Fables. Curated by Haema Sivanesan, Doris McCarthy Gallery and South Asian Visual Arts Centre, 2008.


Voices: Exhibition of Young Artists (Pakistan Development Forum April 2005). Curated by Saima Zaidi and Naiza H. Khan, Jinnah Convention Centre & World Bank Islamabad Office, 2005.


Whiles, Virginia. Art and Polemic in Pakistan: Cultural Politics and Tradition in Contemporary Miniature Painting. Tauris Academic Studies, 2010.


Young, Michael. “Khadim Ali.” Art Asia Pacific, no. 99, Jul./Aug. 2016, pp. 123-126.


“Art Feature: Khadim Ali.” Consequence Magazine, vol. 6, Spring 2014, pp. 119-128.