The human has always seen him-/herself as the center of existence and all other creatures are meant to serve his purposes. This is seen in the way we conceive our religions and societies and put all other beings at our services. Ehsan Ul Haq's work is about the human being’s existence in the world in relation to its kind and to other living and non-living beings. Ul Haq studies how the human need to construct the other, model it in a way that enables humanity to then frame itself and survive, leads to exercises of existential, economic, political and social powers.
Ehsan Ul Haq’s work is a meticulous observation and vivid narration or attempt at depicting humanity’s basic characteristics of survival, i.e. the ability to observe, identify, recognize and comprehend. By putting a spotlight not only at the relations between for example the human and animals or human and other humans, but also on the power gradients that make up these relations, Ul Haq reveals the manipulative nature of the human being, embedded in his wish to classify, name, control, and subordinate.
b. 1983, Lahore, Pakistan.
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2017 1 is older than 2: Logics of a futile action, Felix Frachon Gallery, Brussels Belgium
2010 Systems of Organization, Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery, Lahore Pakistan
2009 Life is Elsewhere, Rohtas 2, Lahore Pakistan
2017 Strange love, Lab 111, Amsterdam Netherlands
2016 Back in 5 minutes, Martin Van Zomeren, AMsterdam Netherlands
2016 An Age of Our Own Making- On Another Nature and Ecology. Images 2016. Holbaek Denmark
2015 No Real Body: 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg Russia
2015 There is Absolutely no Cause for alarm: Independent exhibition part of Unseen Festival Amsterdam Netherlands
2015 VOID: there’s nothing more left, but a little trace from human beings, Ginkgo Space, Beijing China
2013 Commissioned Project at Art Dubai, Dubai UAE
2013 Extra l Ordinary, Group show Curated by Rashid Rana, Canvas Gallery, Karachi Pakistan
2012 Under A Tinsel Sun’, 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art curated by Kathrin Becker, Moscow Russia
2012 Truth of the Matter, Grey Noise, Dubai UAE
2012 New Selections: SOUTH ASIA, Thomas Erben Gallery, New york USA
2011 In Praise of Red, Royaat Gallery, Lahore Pakistan
2011 SCORE, Drawing Room Art Gallery, Lahore Pakistan
2011 The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Canvas Gallery, Karachi Pakistan
2010 The Rising Tide, Group show of contemporary art from Pakistan, Mohatta Palace Musuem, Karachi Pakistan
2010 Resemble Reassemble, Group show of Contemporary Art from Pakistan, curated by Rashid Rana, Devi Art Foundation New Delhi India
2009 Playground, Group show at Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore Pakistan
2009 Through Other Eyes at Herbert, Jordan Well, Coventry UK
2007 13 Satellites, Group show at Goethe Institute, Lahore Pakistan
Workshops and Residencies:
2014-2015 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam Netherlands
2011 Mansion Residency, Lahore Pakistan
2010 VASL International Artist residency, Karachi Pakistan
2008 International Artist residency, Lahore Pakistan
2008 Media as Medium, A collaborative project between The Beaconhouse national University Lahore and the University of the Arts Berlin Germany
2007 13 Satellites, Public Art workshop, Lahore Pakistan