Bani Abidi (b. 1971, Karachi, Pakistan) is a visual artist whose practice revels in the art of the ‘stage’ between fact and fiction, playing with political representations of space and behavior that exacerbate power relations between what is diasporic, popular, or nationalized in character. Utilizing humor, Abidi’s predominant experimentation in video and photography often presents absurd vignettes that jar with ideas of social normalcy.
Abidi graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from National College of Art, Lahore. In 1998, she completed a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.
Bani Abidi currently lives between Berlin and Karachi.
'Death at a 30 Degree Angle' is a work about the commissioning of a monumental statue by a small time politician. Located in present day India, the film is shot in the atelier of a sculptor who is renowned for large statues of politicians and national heroes. The politician, along with his cronies, experiments with a variety of costumes and poses, actively participating in the writing of his own memory and myth making.