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Published on Feb 22, 2016
Asim Waqif creates large-scale installations built from detritus and found objects, which are informed by principles of architecture, urban planning and interactivity. For APT8, Waqif has created a site-specific work entitled All we leave behind are the memories 2015 in GOMA that expands through gallery spaces and limits. In the lead-up to the exhibition, Waqif visited Brisbane to explore the history of building and demolition in the city. His installation is constructed from the worn and aged timbers typical of vernacular south-east Queensland architecture. Embedded with lights and sound sensors to be triggered by the viewer, this precarious seeming structure is designed to be entered and explored. Waqif's production technique is intentionally unplanned and labour-intensive. Many of his early works were site-specific, creating interventions in abandoned, decaying or neglected urban spaces. Concepts of waste, sustainability, heritage and the contrast between the industrial and the handcrafted are important to his work.