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 art fairs including: LISTE 17, Basel; Artissima 18, Turin; India Art Summit, New Delhi and Art Dubai 2013, UAE. Recent solo exhibitions have been held in Lahore and Dubai.
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.
His recent ventures include a solo exhibition titled Yield at Grey Noise, Dubai; a solo at the Project Room in Carré D’Art – Nîmes and a group show titled The importance of staying quiet at the Yallay space in Hong Kong.