Munem Wasif’s image-based works explore the notion of trace in its various forms. His complex installations often mix photographs with moving images, archive documents or collected paraphernalia to reveal notions of impermanence and insecurity. Never exhaustive and always open to interpretation, the narratives they develop simultaneously test the limits of documentary representation and the possibilities of fiction. Wasif’s working methodology based on long-term immersion, close contact with his subjects and sometimes contradictory observations on complex issues such as food sovereignty, labour exploitation or borders and migration.
His work exhibited at Center Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Victoria & Albert Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Chobi Mela, Visa pour l’image and Sharjah, Singapore, Gwangju and Lyon biennale. He is a regular curator for the Chobi Mela International Festival of Photography (editions VIII to X). Munem Wasif was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany from 2020-2021.