Basir Mahmood

Born in: 1985, Lahore, Pakistan
Lives and works in: Lahore

Basir studied in Lahore at the Beaconhouse National University, and received a yearlong fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011.

Manmade
2016
Video
13’27”

Manmade revolves around a man putting on a three-piece formal suit for the first time. Seemingly simple to most, the task of putting on the suit turns out to be a strenuous, time-consuming and complicated task for the man who has to perform it. The suit in question does not belong to the man, and he must become someone he is not to fit into clothes that are not his. Throughout the video, the man continues to talk to someone behind the scene, appearing to seek reassurance in not only that, what he is doing is being done right, but reassurance that he must continue to do what he is doing. However, you cannot hear what he says. The screen remains divided into two frames: one showing the process of metamorphosis into something alien to the being of the man, and the other showing its final outcome. Manmade explores identity and perceptions of the self by bringing them into conflict within the video. It shows a man confronting the real and the absurd by having as he performs an action that requires him to internalise something that is external to him, and reconcile with it.