Born in 1991 in, Bangladesh; Ali Asgar Tara is a non-binary (they/them) artist from the Bengal Delta. As a transdisciplinary researcher, artist, activist, and scholar Ali’s hybrid practice utilizes body, space, and personal narrative (archive/language/history and identity) to create political, site responsive, and community base cross-disciplinary collaborations. Ali’s original work has been featured, exhibited, and staged across the world including the 2014 and 2016 Dhaka Art Summits, the 2016 Kolkata International Performance Festival, the 2014 Dhaka Social Art Festival, and the Asian Art Biennial. Asgar has been exhibited and showcased in Defibrillator Gallery in Chicago, Space Gallery in Portland Maine, Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, Bullet Space, Panoply Performance Lab, Dixon Place, Bronx Academy of Art and Queens Museum in NYC, 7d11 Online performance festival, Trinitite square video and Onsite Gallery in Toronto, Asian Art Initiative in Philadelphia, City of Asylum in Pittsburgh and in many other major North American experimental performance spaces. Ali’s work has been reviewed by critique Hans Ulrich Obrist, Platform such as CoboSocial, and appeared in newspaper publications such as Dhaka Tribune, The Daily Star, The Daily Beast, Pittsburgh City Paper, Voyage Chicago. Asgar has shown their work as a visiting artist at the University of Maine, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Ontario College of Art and Design – OCAD, and University of California in Berkeley. Asgar has earned a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and recently an MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago-SAIC, IL, USA.
For photo use the image credit as Courtesy of the artist Ali Asgar & Asian Art Initiative. Image from the performance Roopbaan Reimagined, 2019, Asian Art Initiative.