For Owais Husain (b. 1967, Mumbai, India), the phrase ‘No one story to tell’ characterizes not only his varied experiences and influences, but also the multi- disciplinary artist he has become. The idea that the artist is a sort of cartographer, a storyteller charting the visual lexicons of their time for the next generation, is a core theme of Husain's work. Using film, photography, painting, sculpture, installation and poetry - in various combinations or on their own - Husain creates visually textured works that both reference his roots in a traditional Indian figurative style and embody his constant pursuit to evolve and contemporize that iconography. His work explores identity, iconography and urban mythology and its evolution from one generation to the next, illustrating his relationship with and abstraction of a more traditional Indian. Husainwas born in 1967 in Mumbai and graduated with his Fine Arts degree from Sir J.J School of Art in 1990. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows throughout galleries and museums in India; including the National Museum of Art and Tao Gallery, Mumbai (1995 - 2010), Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi (1995-1998), Gallery 88 Calcutta (2000), and Sakshi Gallery Bangalore (1994); and internationally at the Tate Modern, London (2001), Aicon Gallery New York (2006), the W Foundation, Seoul (2014), and the Burj Khalifa and Capsule Arts, Dubai (2013, 2015). His films have been screened at the London International Film Festival (2000), the Berlin Film Biennale (2001), the Cannes Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival (2004), the Tribeca 2015 International Film Festival, Doha Mixed-media (2010), and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2014).
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