Biennale of Sydney

Aziz Hazara

Image: Aziz Hazara, Bow Echo , 2019 (video still), 5-channel digital video, colour, sound, 4:17 mins. Produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation

Aziz Hazara

Born 1992 in Wardak, Afghanistan.
Lives and Works in Kabul, Afghanistan and Ghent, Belgium


Aziz Hazara is an interdisciplinary artist based in Kabul and Ghent. He works across mediums such as photography, video, sound, language programming, text and multimedia installations to explore questions of identity, memory, archive, conflict, surveillance and migration in the context of power relations, geopolitics and the panopticon.   

"The visual exploration of my work takes shape across a variety of artistic media, from participatory installations to soundscapes; from video to photography; from text to programmed languages. My interest in the issues of memory, archive, surveillance, the panopticon and the politics of representation, is deeply entrenched in the geopolitics and the never-ending conflict that afflicts my native Afghanistan. The relevance of such issues, however, overcome geographical specificities and appeal to a contemporary condition that is globally shared."

Exhibited Artwork

Aziz Hazara, Bow Echo, 2019, 5-channel digital video, colour, sound, 4:17 mins. Originally commissioned by the Han Nefkens Foundation. Presentation at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous support from Open Society Foundations and assistance from NIRIN 500. Produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation. Courtesy the artist

Photograph: Aziz Hazara, Bow Echo, 2019, installation view, 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2020, 5-channel digital video, colour, sound, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia © the artist, ph

Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia