Working across photography and digital mediums, Tahir Carl Karmali’s interests lie in narrating outlier communities: groups who live away from mainstream society, but whose existences are indelibly shaped by economic, geopolitical and social infrastructures. He draws from his own experiences as a well-travelled Kenyan citizen to structure narratives around migratory identity, specifically how legal documentation and its powers of ‘legitimisation’ can be literally ‘re-pulped’ to make new material cartographies.
Karmali received a master’s in digital photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York. His work has been shown at High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2017); Brassage Photographique, Villers-la-Ville, Belgium (2017); Fotográfica Bogotá, Colombia (2017); Photobastei, Zurich (2016) and Kunsthal Rotterdam (2016), among other venues. Residencies include MacDowell Visual Artist Residency, BRIC and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, where Karmali is a resident artist for the autumn.