Imran Channa 
1981, lives and works in Lahore (PK)


The Theory of the endless persistence of images proposed by the German art historian Aby Warburg, has created suitable conditions for perceiving history and for constructing an outlook on the past. Contemporary Pakistani artist, Imran Channa regards old photos and Archives as reservoirs of memory. Therefore his research is pushing him to create or juxtapose parallels by framing, reframing and de-framing his own archives with time-based media, making a constellation with the displacement of different times, images, and their consequences. Pasts in Particles shows a series where Channa renders iconic and non-iconic images of India/Pakistan partition into graphite drawings with obsessive attention to detail. The artist then proceeds to erase, smudge or redraw the image again, resulting in abstract forms that bear only the faintest resemblance to the original photograph.  

Imran Channa, Past in particles #4, 2018, graphite on paper, 67 x 85 cm

Imran Channa, Past in particles #6, 2018, graphite on paper, 67 x 85 cm

Imran Channa, Past in particles #3, 2018, graphite on paper, 85 x 115 cm

Imran Channa, Light on the fringe of time, 2017, video still, 7 min 54

Imran Channa, Holy Ghost, 2017, installation view Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Netherlands

Imran Channa, Holy Ghost, 2017, installation view Marres, Maastricht, Netherlands

Imran Channa, Holy Water, 2018, Holy water collected from River Jordan (Israel), River Ganges, (India), Well of Zamzam, (Saudi Arabaia), Black pigment, water container, silicon pipes. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.

Imran Channa, Holy Water, 2018, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands.


2017 Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands. 

2008 MA, Visual Arts (National College of Arts), Lahore.

2004 Bachelor of Fine Arts.[Painting] 1st (National College of Arts). Lahore

2000 Intermediate (G.M.S.C) Hyderabad.



2017 Light on the Fringe of Time, Open Studio at Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL 

2015 Enclosure/Erasure, Gallery Karachi, PK 

2013 Age of Mythology, Project with XVA gallery at Art Basel, Hong Kong, CN

2012 Lik Likoti, Canvas Gallery Karachi, PK

2011 The Memory is The Message, solo show at XVA gallery Dubai, UAE

2010 Badshahnama, Tmproject Gallery Geneva, CH


EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2017 The Materiality of the Invisible" at Marres, Maastricht, NL

2017 The Great Wall, Karachi Biennale, PK

2017 Changing Places, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, UK 

2017 Changing Places, The House Mill London, UK 

2017 Taqseem, koel gallery Karachi, PK

2016 The Materiality of The Invisible #01, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL

2016 Hopes of Paradise, Grosvenor gallery London, UK 

2016 Vanishing Point" Artport, Tel Aviv, IL

2015 The Lay of the Land, Gallery Latitude 28, New Delhi, IN 

2015 And Nothing But The Truth: Parrhesia II, at Koel Gallery, Karachi, PK

2015 Art15 London, with Khaas Gallery, UK 

2011 The Return 3rd International Festival of Contemporary Art at (MOMA), USA

2011 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, DZ

2011 Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, TR

2010 Contemporary Shahnama, The Prince's Foundation Gallery, London, UK 

2010 Structures Within An Intervention,The Guild Art Gallery, New York, USA 



2013 Awarded the " Award of Excellence" by AAP Lahore, PK

2011 Selected for the Gasworks, Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust, London, UK

2010 Finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2010. Hong Kong, CN

2003  Merit scholarships at National College of Arts Lahore, PK