Amin Taasha


Amin Taasha was born in Bamiyan province, Afghanistan, in 1995. When he was just 5 years old, his family moved to Kabul because of the fear of the Taliban. At the age of 5, he learned about the craft of carpet making after moving to Kabul. In 2007, he started painting in high school, and then in 2009, he officially studied painting and calligraphy at the Institute of Fine Arts in Kabul. During studying at the institute, he attended workshops with Australian artist Khadim Ali, this had a profound influence on his practice, and he began to incorporate aspects of abstraction and miniature painting into his artworks.His career as an artist took a sudden unexpected turn in 2012; he was invited to participate in DOCUMENTA -13’s international project at the National Gallery of Afghanistan. Parts of his artworks were misunderstood and drew the attention of the authorities, leading him to be intimidated at gunpoint before being blacklisted from exhibiting his work. This ban led him to seek opportunities to travel abroad, and in the following year he received a scholarship to study in Indonesia (UNNES Semarang, Central Java) before settling in Yogyakarta to study at the renowned Indonesia Institute of the Arts (Institute Seni Indonesia), where he did his degree in Fine Art and exhibited both domestically and internationally.

Selected Exhibitions:

2022 The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10), QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia

2019 Time Lapse, Redbase Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2018 Iron Cocoon, Fadjar Sidik Gallery, Institute Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2017 Mencari, FSR, Institute Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2013 Smoke, French Cultural Center (FCC), Kabul, Afghanistan


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