Aziz Hazara (b. 1992 Wardak, Afghanistan) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. He works across mediums such as photography, video, sound, programming languages, text and multimedia installation exploring questions of identity, memory, archive, conflict, and migration in the context of power relation, geopolitics, and the panopticon. Hazara’s works has been exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as Yerevan Modern Art Museum (Yerevan, Armenia), KHOJ International Artists Association (New Delhi, India), and Asia Culture Center (ACC) (Kwangju, South Korea). Hazara was artist in residence at KHOJ International Artists Association (New Delhi, India) and UMISAA (United Nation Madenjeet Institute for South Asian Arts). Hazara studied Fine Arts at Beaconhouse National University (Lahore, Pakistan).
Memory, Archive, Surveillance, and Drone Warfare
During his residency at the Camargo Foundation, Hazara wanted to focus on the relation of architecture, commemoration, panopticism, archive, memory, and public sphere. Starting from his long-term interest in the camera as a tool of panopticism in conflict zones, his research aimed also at focusing on the impact of drone strikes in everyday life of people in war zones by exploring youth culture, popular culture, love poetry, jokes, and everyday conversations. During his residency, Hazara also wanted to explore the role of collective memory in conflict zones, the impact of surveillance, archive, and monuments.
A residency as part of the exhibition Kharmohra, Art under fire in Afghanistan, 2019, Mucem. In partnership with the French Embassy in Afghanistan and the Institut français of Afghanistan.