Tahir Karmali makes work that foregrounds materials and processes as a means of commenting on geopolitics and global economic flows. The movement of people and resources across international borders and the implications for human life are an object of sustained investigation in his work. Karmali received an MA in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York and has gone on to take up various residencies and participate in numerous exhibitions in Kenya and internationally.
Recent exhibitions include: Tracing Obsolescence, Apexart, New York (2018); Immigrant Artists and the American West, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington (2018); New Threads, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi (2018) ; Biennal Forografica Bogota (2017) and PAPER:work, Pioneer Works, New York (2017). Karmali’s work has featured in the Addis FotoFest, Lagos Photo Festival and in 2015, he was the recipient of the International Contemporary African Photography Award, POPCAP’ 2015, for his Jua Kali series.