Hasnat Mehmood trained in the miniature painting tradition at the National College of Arts, in Lahore, Pakistan, and currently works in multiple medias including sound, drawing, installation, collage, performance, and interactive events.
His work is informed by neo-colonial practices, postcolonial history, archaeology and art history. Through his recent practice, he brings his audiences to experience the control and exploitation the art establishment has undertaken.
Mehmood has shown nationally and internationally over the past two decades. His work is in collections of British Museum and Fukuoka Museum Japan. He was part of a group show titled Karkhana: A Contemporary Collaboration that traveled internationally and was shown at The Asian Art Museum, in San Francisco and at The Aldrich Contemporary Museum, in Connecticut. He taught at his alma mater from 2005-2017. He was an artist-in-residence at Britto Artist Residency in Dhaka (2006), and Campus Art Dubai (2014).
Born in Jhelum, Mehmood lives and works between Dubai and Boston. He is currently pursuing a low-residency MFA (2017-2019) from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA .