Born in 1984, Adnan is based in Lahore. He completed his undergraduate in Visual Communication Design from National College of Arts, Lahore in 2009 and graduate program in MA in Art and Design Studies from Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore in 2014 with the prestigious scholarship of South Asia Foundation (SAF) Madanjeet's Singh Institute for South Asian Studies in 2012.
He started teaching Photography at National College of Arts, Lahore (2015) also teaches Graphic Design, Drawing and History of Art at National College of Business Administration and Economics, Lahore (2016-2017). Currently, teaching drawing at National College of Arts, Lahore.
Adnan had done an artist residency “Project 12” at 12.0 Contemporary, Islamabad 2019.
Solo exhibitions include: Earth Cover at Koel Gallery, Karachi (2019), Excavations at Rohtas 2 Gallery, Lahore (2018), Enigmatic Spaces at Koel Gallery, Karachi (2017), Unfolding Matters at Sanat Initiative Gallery, Karachi (2015).
Selected two person exhibitions include: Distorted Paradigms at Satrang Art Gallery, Islamabad (2017), Museum of Wasted Love at Full Circle Gallery, Karachi (2016).
Selected group exhibitions include: Of the Moments at 12.0 Contemporary, Islamabad (2020); Traces of Memory at 12.0 Contemporary, Islamabad (2019); Dialogue between Traditions and Modernity IAF19 Sir Syed Memorial, Islamabad (2019); Beyond the Waters Curated by Amra Ali at Koel Gallery, Karachi (2019); The Autonomous Draughtsman at Tanzara Gallery, Islamabad (2019); Art for Education: Contemporary artist from Pakistan (Charity Auction) curated by Salima Hashmi & Rosa Maria Falvo at Carlo Maria Martini Diocesan Museum Milan (2018); Boiling Springs Art Exhibition of Pakistan Belt and Road Suzhou University Museum Beijing China (2018); Between the Dots at O Art Space, Lahore (2018); Who is Afraid of Art? curated by Asad Hayee at Alhamrah Arts Council, Lahore (2018); Imago Mundi: Luciano Benetton Collection Lines in the Sand: Contemporary Art from Pakistan curated by Amanullah Mojadidi Venice Biennale, Italy (2018); Open Fields curated by Aasim Akhtar at Pakistan National Council of Arts with the collaboration of American Embassy, Islamabad (2016); Migration and Movement, Close Together project by Voice Breaking Boundaries, Houston (2014-2015).
My studio practice is centered around ancestral roots and archaeology. Exploring personal memory of space/place, collective historical events and cultural depictions; archival research is undertaken at my hometown ancient Tulamba, located in southern Punjab, Pakistan.
With present context as a surface, my work intends to invite viewers on a journey of grounded realities, presented with abstract and minimal language using dots, various kinds of lines, marks, letters, signs, symbols, patterns, excavation plans, surveys and documentation. Style of work with its multi layering depicts all of these aspects. Leading to discussions relating to how we interpret a space within its context and how context itself builds sometimes out of the “syntax”.
Archaeology allows a connection with the current situation in most of today’s world and serves as foundation for my work exploration. With the aspects which shift from memory to symbols. And memory serves to carve and create an independent narrative of time and place.