Karmali, Tahir Carl

Tahir Carl Karmali, born in Nairobi, Kenya, 1987.

He lives and works in New York, US.

Education
Masters in Digital Photography from School of Visual Arts, New York, US
BBA Marketing and Communications, Les Roches, CH
Working across multiple mediums, materials, and photography, Brooklyn-based artist Tahir Carl Karmali’s interests lie in manipulating materials that perpetuate colonialism.

He draws from his own experiences as a Kenyan citizen to structure narratives around migratory identity and socioeconomics.

Karmali received his Masters of Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Selected exhibitions include “Jua Kali,” a part of “Making Africa,” High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2017), Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands (2016), and Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain (2015), among other venues; and “PAPER:Work,” Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, both 2017.
Selected Exhibitions
2018 1718, LKB/G, Hamburg, Germany
2018 Tracing Obsolescence, Apex Art, New York, US
2018 CODE Art Fair, LKB/G, Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 Factors of Production, Rachel Uffner, New York, US
2018 Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Albuquerque Museum, US
2018 New Threads, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, KE
2018 Immigrant Artists and the American West, Tacoma Art Museum, US
2017 UPROOT Smack Melon, Brooklyn, New York, US
2017 Sea of Trace, 505 Johnson Studios, Brooklyn, New York, US
2017 How We Come and How We Go, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, New York, US
2017 PAPER:work & Jua Kali, 1:54, London, UK
2017 Making Africa, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, US
2017 Brassage Photographique, Villers-la-Ville, BE
2017 My Collection, MoCADA, Brooklyn, New York, US
2017 PAPER:work, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, US (solo)
2017 Biennial Fotografica Bogota 2017, Bogota, CO
2017 PAPER:work, Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, SA
2017 Figure 8, Foley Gallery, New York, US
2016 In Dialog II – Photobastei, Zurich, CH
2016 Addis Foto Festival, Addis Ababa, ET
2016 Jua Kali as part of “Making Africa” at Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL
2016 Tumia part of Frontiers of The Present Exhibition, Circle Art Agency, Nairobi, KE
2016 Jua Kali at Africa Reframed, Copenhagen, DK
2016 Tumia at GALERIA OLIDO for Afreaka Festival, São Paulo, BR
2016 Value Exhibition at Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn, New York, US (solo)
2016 Jua Kali as part of “Making Africa” at CCCB, Barcelona, ES
2016 Jua Kali Exhibition at United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, New York, US (solo)
2015 Displaced as part of “FUSE”, SVA Gallery, New York, US
2015 Jua Kali as part of “Making Africa” at Guggenheim, Bilbao, ES
2015 Jua Kali in OBSCURA Festival, George Town, MY
2015 Jua Kali in Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès, Fès, MA
2015 Jua Kali in LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, NG
2015 Jua Kali in IFCV Festival International de Fotografia, Mindelo, CV
2015 Jua Kali as part of “Image Afrique ’15” in ArtBasel, Theaterplatz, Basel, DE
2015 Jua Kali in Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Ghar el Melh, TN
2015 Jua Kali as part of “Edition POPCAP” at Artificial Image, Berlin, DE
2015 Jua Kali as part of “Making Africa” at Vitra Design Museum, Weil Am Rhein, DE
2014 Untitled, Art Cabinet, Nairobi, KE (solo)
2014 Jua Kali Exhibition at Kuona Trust Arts Centre, Nairobi, KE (solo)
21014 Value Exhibition at Kuona Trust Arts Centre, Nairobi, KE (solo)

Awards/Residencies/Grants
2018 Triangle Artist Residency
2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Arts & Style
2017 Pioneer Works Visual Artist Residency
2017 Trestle Gallery Visiting Visual Artist Residency
2016 MacDowell Visual Artist Residency
2016 BRIC visual artist in residency summer 2016
2015 IPA – International Photography Awards – Honorable Mention Professional Fine Art Collage
2015 International Contemporary African Photography awards: POPCAP’ 2015 /Jua Kali
2015 Candidate at The New York Times Portfolio Review
2015 Editor’s Choice Selection for GuatePhoto 2015 /Displaced
2014 Kuona Trust Conceptual Exhibit Grant for “Jua Kali”
2014 Kuona Trust Conceptual Exhibit Grant for “Value”

Speaking Engagements
2017 McGill University, Panel, “Not African Enough?: In conversation with African Diaspora Youth”
2016 Brooklyn College, Panel,- ‘Artist Identity in “Contemporary African Art”’
2016 Yale, SOM, Panel, - “African Art Design and Entrepreneurship”
2016 Speaker at SwtichPoint, “Process”
2015 Salone Del Mobile - Vitra Design Museum“The Global Shift: Who shapes the future of Design?”