David Chalmers Alesworth


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Short Bio

David Alesworth is a Visual Artist, Landscape consultant and researcher of garden histories and an art educator, who has lived and worked in Karachi and Lahore for more than twenty years.

He holds both British and Pakistani nationalities.

He was born in Wimbledon, and completed his Bachelors from Wimbledon School of Art, was awarded the Picker fellowship at Kingston University and completed an MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute, Berlin, in 2010.

He has exhibited widely, notably in 1999, Fukuoka Asian Art Trienniale, Japan , The Third Asia Pacific Trienniale, Brisbane, Australia 1999, “Lines of Descent” Noosa, Cairns, Perc Tucker, Bundaberg and Rockhampton galleries, 2000-2001, “Happiness”: a survival guide for art and life, Mori Museum, Japan, 2003. “The Other” National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India, 2005, “The Rising Tide” Karachi, “Gardens of Babel” solo show at Rohtas-2 Gallery, Lahore, 2011, “Lines of Control” British Council, London, UK, 2011. “The Garden of Ideas,” Agha Khan Museum, 2014-2015, Berkley BAMFA “The Architecture of Life” 2016, Dhaka Art Summit, “The Missing One” curated Nada Raza, 2016

His works are in a number of public and private and international collections.

Alesworth lives and works between Bristol UK and Pakistan, and teaches at the School of Visual Art and Design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

Recent and Upcoming Shows:

Jameel Prize-4, Shortlisted Artists Show, Pera Museum, Istanbul + touring June 2016

The Architecture of Life,   BAM/PFA, Berkely, USA                                2016

Solo Showing, GallerySke, New Delhi, India                                             2015

Lahore Literature Festival          (Public Art Project)                                2015

Karachi Literature Festival, Karachi                                                            2015

“Dreamscapes” Gulgee Gallery, Karachi                                                      2015

“The Garden of Ideas” Agha Khan Museum, inaugural show, Curated Sharmini  Pereira   2014-2015

“Berlin Biennale-8” Dhalem Museum Complex, Berlin                           2014

“Stet.” Lahore Literature Festival, Alhamrah Complex, Lahore             2014

“Sindh Art Festival” commissioned project (Sir Harry Bartle Frere’s Mausoleum

A garden intervention with Adeela Suleman) Frere Hall, Karachi         2014

“Right Here, Right Now” Northern Arts, UK, Lancashire                        2014

Extra-Ordinary, Canvas Gallery, curated Rashid Rana, Karachi             2014

“Objects as Locus of Hybridity and Hybrid Making” Transhistorical and Transcultural Explorations, V.C.U. Doha, Qatar   2013

“A Beautiful Life”, Sining Makiling Gallery, University of the Philippines,

Los Banos                                                                                                            2013

“Crossing Over” Gallery Latitude-28, Curated Ambereen Karamat, New Delhi, India    2013

“A Beautifiul Life” The Pier-2 Art District (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)            2012

“The Divided Self” video works, Sought Foundation, Philadelphia       2012

“Beautiful Life” Creative Hinkley (Hinkley, UK)                                        2012

“Beautiful Life” South Hill Park (Bracknell, UK)                                        2011

“Lines of Control” British Council, London,                                                2011

“Gardens of Babel” solo showing Rhotas-2 Gallery, Lahore                    2011

Cairo Video Festival, 4th, “Turbulent Waters: Critical Portraits of a Shifting Identity” curated by Zarmeene Shah (“The Frankfurt School” collaboration with Adnan Madani)    2010

“Very Very Sweet Madina”2000, with Durriya Kazi)                   2010-2011

“The Rising Tide” Karachi, group show, (collaborative video with Adnan Madani,

“The Frankfurt School”,                                                                                  2009

“Failure to Yield” Group show, Concent Art, Kreuzberg, Berlin             2010

“Automaton Love” Loft Gallery, Mumbai,

“Patrons of Oh My God I can Buy Art” curated Mehreen Murtaza, Grey Noise, Lahore (Collaboration with Adnan Madani) 2009

“Half-Life” with Huma Mulji, two person show, NCA Gallery, Lahore   2009

“Going Places” Canvas Gallery, Karachi                                                        2009

“The Frankfurt School” collaborative video project with Adnan Madani, VASL Lahore,    2008

60 x 60” Moti Roti video project, touring internationally              2007-2009

N.G.A. inaugural show, “Site of Substance” curator Salima Hashmi     2007