Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi (b.1972) was recently announced the winner of the award in Berlin, where his works will be shown in a major solo presentation at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in spring 2013. The award is based on recommendations of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, which includes internationally renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn and honors artists whose work “addresses social issues in an individual way and has created an outstanding oeuvre that concentrates on the two focal points of the Deutsche Bank Collection: works on paper and photography." Previous winners include Wangechi Mutu in 2010, Yto Barrada in 2011, and Roman Ondák in 2012.
Born 1972, Hyderabad, Sindh; lives and works in Lahore. Trained in miniature painting, Qureshi works from the motifs, symbolism, and ornaments of the Moghul tradition that flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries in the north of the Indian subcontinent. In fact, Qureshi is an assistant professor of miniature art at Department of Fine Art, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.
His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions and collected across Japan, India, the UK, the US, Australia and Pakistan.
He created large scale installations at the Asia Society Museum in New York ("Modern Enlightenment" series in "Hanging Fire Contemporary Art from Pakistan" September 2009 - January 2010).
Read my interview with Imran Qureshi in Flash Art International here.