About

AMIN GULGEE

Amin Gulgee (b. 1965, Karachi, Pakistan) is an artist and curator living and working in Karachi. He received a BA in Art History and Economics from Yale University, USA in 1987 and won the Conger B. Goodyear Fine Arts Award for his senior thesis on Moghul gardens. He works primarily in sculpture, installation and performance.

His solo exhibitions include “7” Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, Rome, Italy and “7.7” Mattatoio, Rome, Italy (2018); “Walking on the Moon” Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015); “Washed Upon the Shore” Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan (2015); “Through the Looking Glass” Alliance française de New Delhi, India (2013); “Looking for the Magic Center” ArtSpace Dubai, UAE (2009); “Drawing the Line” Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2008); Museu da Agua Lisbon, Portugal (2003); Gallery of the IMF, Washington, DC, USA (2000) and Peterborough Museum, UK (1999). His international group shows include “OPEN20” Venice, Italy (2017); “New Pathways: Contemporary Art from Pakistan” UN Headquarters, New York, NY, USA (2016); “Rites of Passage” Ostrale’010, Dresden, Germany (2010); “Paradise Lost” WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2008); “Beyond Borders” National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (2005); Beijing Biennial (2003); “Pakistan: Another Vision” Brunei Gallery, London, UK (2000); and “Open: Esposizione Internazionale di Sculture ed Installazioni” Venice, Italy (1998).

Amin Gulgee has curated numerous group exhibitions at his eponymous noncommercial gallery in Karachi and elsewhere and was Chief Curator of the inaugural Karachi Biennale in 2017. Gulgee’s work is in important international collections and he has received numerous awards, including the President’s Pride of Performance in 2005, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honors.

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RESUME

Education
– B.A. in Economics and Art History, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, 1987
– Recipient of A. Conger Goodyear Fine Arts Award for Thesis on Moghul Gardens
Solo Exhibitions
2018 – “7.7” Mattatoio, Rome, Italy
– “7” Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, Rome, Italy
– “7” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
– “7” Wei-Ling Contemporary,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2015 – “Washed Upon the Shore,” Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– “Walking on the Moon,” Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – (catalogue)
2013 – “Through the Looking Glass,” Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi, India – (catalogue)
– “Through the Looking Glass: Open Studio V,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2011 – “Cosmic Mambo,” Wei-Ling Contemporary at ION Art Gallery, Singapore
– “Cosmic Mambo,” Wei-Ling Contemporary, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – (catalogue)
2009 – “Reading the Grid,” Consulate General of Pakistan, New York, NY, USA
– “Looking for the Magic Center,” ArtSpace, Dubai, UAE (catalogue)
2008 – “Drawing the Line,” Galeri Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – (catalogue)
2007 – “Continuity”, Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi, India – (catalogue)
2006 – “Body and Soul,” Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (catalogue)
2004 – “The Search for Light,” Townhouse Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– ArtSpace, Dubai, UAE
– “Other Works,” Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2003 – Museu da Agua, Lisbon, Portugal
– “Charbagh: Open Studio IV,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2002 – ArRum Gallery, London, UK
2000 – Open Studio III, Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
– “The Search for Light,” Gallery of the IMF, Washington, DC, USA – (catalogue)
1999 – Soni Gallery, London, UK
– Peterborough Museum, Peterborough, UK
– Arabian Gallery, Dubai, UAE
– Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
1998 – Ankara Hilton, Ankara, Turkey
– Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, USA
– Soni Gallery, London, UK
– Open Studio II, Karachi, Pakistan
1997 – Open Studio, Karachi, Pakistan
1996 – Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA, USA
– The Galleria, Houston, TX, USA
– Lahore Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
1995 – Art Gallery, Islamabad
1994 – Benefit for UNICEF, New York, NY, USA
– Rida Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1993 – Al-Nahda Royal Society, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1992 – Pakistan Mission to the UN, New York, NY, USA
– Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
– The Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
– Lahore Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
1991 – Inter-Continental Hotel, Muscat, Oman
– Inter-Continental Hotel, Dubai, UAE
1990 – Indus Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
1989 – Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
– Embassy of Pakistan, Washington, DC, USA
– Lawrence Gallery, New York, NY, USA<
1988 – Pakistan American Cultural Center, Karachi, Pakistan
Father and Son Exhibitions
1997 – The Ismaili Centre, London, UKJordan National Gallery, Amman, Jordan – (catalogue)
1995 – Embassy of Pakistan, Paris, France
1994 – Commonwealth Institute, London, UKParliament House, Islamabad, Pakistan
1993 – Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, USA
Group Exhibitions
2018 – Art Stage Singapore
2017 – “OPEN20: Esposizione Internazionale di Sculture ed Innstallazioni, Venice, Italy
– “Taqseem,” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2016 – “Open Field,” National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– Art Stage Jakarta
– “
New Pathways: Contemporary Art from Pakistan,”
United Nations, New York,NY, USA – (catalogue)
 Art Stage Singapore
2015 – “Variations Along the Grid,” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
– “And Nothing But the Truth: Parrhesia II,” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2014 – Art Fest 2014, Frere Hall, Karachi, Pakistan
2013 – “Not Everyone Talks,” Satrang Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan – (catalogue)
2012 – Art Taipei“Band, Baaja, Barat,” IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
– “Mein: The Artist and the Self,” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
2011 – “Mad in Karachi,” ArtChowk, Karachi, Pakistan
– “Metal on Metal,” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2010 – “No Honour in Killing,” VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– “Rites of Passage,” Ostrale’010, Dresden, Germany – (catalogue)
– “Black on Black,” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2009 – Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
– “Going Places,” Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
– “White on White,” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2008 – “Paradise Lost: A Tribute to John Milton,” WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
– “Simply Paper!” IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– CIGE, Beijing, ChinaArt Expo, Mumbai, India
2007 – Inaugural Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– “Reading the Subtext,” Alliance Française, Karachi, Pakistan       
– “Islamic Tradition in Art,”, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
– “18@8,” Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (catalogue)
2006 – Berkeley Square Gallery, London, UK – (catalogue)
– The Art Mill, Mumbai, India
– “Calligraphy,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– “Body,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan (catalogue)
2005 – “18@8,” Wei-Ling Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – (catalogue)
– “Beyond Borders,” National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India – (catalogue)
2004 – “Old Masters, Young Voices,” Al-Hamra Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan – (catalogue)
2003 – Beijing Biennale, Beijing, China – (catalogue)
2002 – “Dish Dhamaka,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
– “
A Tribute to Ali Imam,” Indus Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– Kufa Gallery, London, UK
– “
KaraArt,” Alliance Française, Karachi, Pakistan       
– “Uraan,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
2001  – “The Takhti Project,” Gallerie Sadequain, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– “
Vasl,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan – (catalogue)
– “
KaraArt,” Alliance Française, Karachi, Pakistan
2000 – “Pakistan: Another Vision,” Brunei Gallery, London, UK – (catalogue)
– “Qalm: An Exhibition of Calligraphy,” Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan
– “
KaraArt,” Alliance Française, Karachi, Pakistan
– “
Millennium Show,” Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan
– Pakistan Pavilion, Expo, Hanover, Germany
1999 – “1999 Group Show,” Chawkandi Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
1998 – “Open: Prima Esposizione di Sculture ed Installazioni al Lido,” Venice, Italy – (catalogue)
1997 – “Contemporary Artists from India and Pakistan,” Galerie Martini, Hong Kong
– “Fifty Years of Art in Pakistan,” Connoisseur Gallery, London, UK
– Eighth Asia Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1996 – Inaugural Show, WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
– “Writing as Art in Islam,Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA – (catalogue)
1989 – MIT, Boston, MA, USA
1988 – Wave Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA
 Public Works
– “Forgotten Text,” Bilawal Roundabout, Karachi Pakistan
– “Steps,” Parliament House Entrance, Islamabad, Pakistan
– “The Message,” The Presidency, Islamabad, Pakistan
– “Minar,” Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi, Pakistan
– “Habitat,” Aga Khan Center, Houston, TX, USA
– “Char Bagh,” Serena Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan
– “Man and Computer,” IBM Museum, Karachi, Pakistan
– “Balance,” BASF, Karachi, Pakistan
– “Allah,” Marriott Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan
– “Cube,” Citibank Gold Office, Lahore, Pakistan
– “Fragment IV,” Standard Chartered Priority Banking Office, Karachi, Pakistan
– “Sufi,” Aga Khan Foundation, New York, NY, USA
– “Father and Son,” Merck Marker, Karachi, Pakistan
 Public Collections
– National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
– Jordan National Gallery, Amman, Jordan
– International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, USA
– Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NY, USA
– WAH Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Curatorial Work
2018 – “Outsiders: Urban subcultures in Germany and Pakistan,” Amin Gulgee Gallery
(with Zarmeené Shah, Zeerak Ahmed, Mathilde Weh, Leonhard Emmerling)
2017 – Chief Curator, Inaugural Karachi Biennale
2016 – “The 70s: Pakistan’s Radioactive Decade,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi,Pakistan
(with Niilofur Farrukh)
2015 – “Speaking in Tongues,” Karachi Literature Festival, organized by OxfordUniversity Press
(with Zarmeené Shah)
– Press Pakistan and ArtNow Pakistan (with Zarmeené Shah)
2014 – “Dreamscape,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
(with Zarmeené Shah)
– “FRESH!: 68 Pakistani Artists, 30 and Under,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
(with Raania Azam Khan Durrani and Saba Iqbal)
2013 – “Riwhyti One Night Stand: An Evening of Performance Art,”
Amin GulgeeGallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2011 – “Imag(IN)ing Cities,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
(with Kadiatou Diallo and Dominique Malaquais, SPARCK)
2006 – “Artists’ Voices: Calligraphy,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
(with Sheherbano Hussain)
– “Artists’ Voices: Body,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
(with Sheherbano Hussain)
2002 – “Dish Dhamaka,” Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2001 – Urban Voices IV, Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
2000 – Urban Voices III, Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
1999 – Urban Voices II, Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
1998 – Urban Voices, Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
 Amin Gulgee Gallery
2018 – “Outsiders: Urban subcultures in Germany and Pakistan,” Amin Gulgee, Zarmeené Shah,
Zeerak Ahmed, Mathilde Weh and Leonhard Emmerling, Curators
– “7: Open Studio V”
2016 – “The 70s: Pakistan’s Radioactive Decade”
Amin Gulgee and Niilofur Farrukh, Curators
2015 – Dreamscape Catalogue Launch
2014 – “Soundscape: Two Hours of Electronic Music”
– “Dreamscape,” Zarmeené Shah and Amin Gulgee, Curators; – (catalogue)
– Launch of Dynoman’s CD “Travels to Janaicah”
– “FRESH!: 68 Pakistani Artists, 30 and Under;”
Amin Gulgee, Raania Azam Khan Durrani and Saba Iqbal, Curators; – (catalogue)
2013 – “Through the Looking Glass: Open Studio IV” – (catalogue)
– “Riwhyti One Night Stand: An Evening of Performance Art;” Amin Gulgee, Curator
2011 – “Imag(IN)ing Cities;” Kadiatou Diallo, Dominique Malaquais, AminGulgee, Curators
2006 – “18@8: Kuala Lumpur to Karachi;” Lim Wei-Ling, Curator; – (catalogue)
– “Artists’ Voices: Calligraphy;” Amin Gulgee and Sheherbano Hussain, Curators; – (catalogue)
– “Artists’ Voices: Body;” Amin Gulgee and Sheherbano Hussain, Curators; – (catalogue)
2005 NuktaArt Launch
2004 – “Gino Marotta”2003
– “Char Bagh: Open Studio III”
2002 – “Uraan;” Niilofur Farrukh and Saira Irshad, Curators; – (catalogue)
– “Dish Dhamaka,” Amin Gulgee, Curator
2001 – “Vasl” – (catalogue)
2000 – “Open Studio II”
 Workshops 
2001 – Vasl: International Artists’ Residency Program, Gadani, Pakistan – Cofounder and
Working Group Member
 Performances 
2018 – “Paint Me,” Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2017 – “Play Me,” Karachi Art Summit, National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan
2015 – “Washed Upon the Shore,” Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2014 – “Where’s the Apple, Joshinder?” Karachi Arts Council, Karachi, Pakistan
– “Paradise Lost,” ArtFest 2014, Frere Hall, Karachi, Pakistan
2012 – “Love Marriage,” IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2010 – “Kahta Meehta,” DHA, Karachi, Pakistan
– “The Healing,” Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
2009 – “Crucifixion,” ArtSpace, Dubai, UAE
2006 – “River Dreams of Alexander,” Royal Palm Club, Lahore, Pakistan
2005 – “Seeking Buddha,” Pakistan Pavilion, Expo, Nagoya, Japan
– “Garden,” ArtSpace, Dubai, UAE
– “Abacus,” Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2003 – “Mohenjendaro,” Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
2001 – “Sola Singhar,” Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
2000 – “Alchemy,” Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan
– “Alchemy,” Sheraton Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
1996 – Jewelry for Mary McFadden Spring/Summer, New York Fashion Week, USA
 Awards 
2012 – Pakistan Power 100
2005 – President’s Pride of Performance, Government of Pakistan
2001 – Young Achiever Award, IndusVision
– First Award for Jewelry, Pakistan School of Fashion Design
1999 – Calligraph-Art Award, 2nd International CaligraphArt Competition
1993 – Excellence in Art Award, Sindh Government