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.





Solo Exhibitions


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



Selected Exhibitions


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