Fahd Burki’s work focuses on developing a lexicon of characters that suggests the presence of a mythological context. Characters bare traits similar to ideograms or pictograms, yet retaining an anthropomorphic quality. Emerging from his interest in ancient and contemporary sign systems such as religious iconography, way finding signs and corporate logos, the recent work explores the notion of freeing sign systems from the context in which they are found in order to build a fictional narrative around them. The artist feels that this lexicon has to be open to different interpretations, allowing the viewer to build a narrative for the work.
Burki graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2003 and received a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2010.
Since 2004, his works have been exhibited at various international art fairs, galleries, and institutions including: India Art Fair, New Delhi, India / GALLERYSKE, Bangalore, India / Carré D’Art, Nîmes, France / Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE / LISTE 17, Basel, Switzerland / Yallay space, Hong Kong / Artissima 18, Turin, Italy / India Art Summit, New Delhi, India / Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE.
Over a span of 10 years, Burki has received immense recognition and appreciation for his intriguing works amongst the art community and was awarded with the John Jones Art on Paper Award at Art Dubai in 2013. He was also selected as one among 10 international artists to undertake a research based residency at the Edinburgh Printmakers in 2013 for their project, Below another sky, a collaborative programme developed by the Scottish Print Networks.
In 2014 a monograph of the artists work was published in association with Skira editore, Milan.
His recent ventures include a solo exhibition at India Art Fair, New Delhi, India with Grey Noise, Dubai; a solo exhibition titled Compositions for Rest and Play at GALLERYSKE, Bangalore, India; and a solo show the Project Room in Carré D’Art, Nîmes, France.