Khadim Ali lives in Sydney and works in Sydney, Quetta and Kabul. The threads in his miniature paintings draw on classical literary narrative and poetics to contend with contemporary political themes of loss, regeneration and resistance. He is an Afghan Hazara born in Quetta, Pakistan with family links to the cities of Bamiyan and Ghazni. He trained in miniature painting at the National College of Arts, Lahore and in the Persian miniature tradition in Tehran, Iran. Khadim Ali’s beautifully crafted and complex images have featured in the Australian exhibitions: Asia Pacific Triennale (2006) and Contemporary Miniatures (both Queensland Art Gallery and touring), and the 2011-2012 Blake Prize Touring Exhibition (highly commended.) His international exhibitions include East West Divan, Venice Biennale 2009 and Documenta13, Kassel, Germany 2012. Khadim Ali has curated several exhibitions on contemporary Afghan art.

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