TAHIR Studio is a design creation of Tina Tahir. Tahir grew up in Southern Germany and currently lives in Chicago. Using images of nature and botany, she makes drawings, sculptures, books, and installations that survey the precariousness of nature and the poetics of destruction. Tahir’s work urges a reconsideration of the natural world—poisonous foliage, toxic blossoms, and nature’s force over man-built spaces, objects, and structures—bringing its ambivalent character into focus. Her research has been focused on topics of future ruins and destruction of art/in art/as art. She has not only become a passionate botanist, exploring the dark little secrets of toxic plants but also turned into a “ruinist”, looking into taxonomies ranging from the tiniest particles of dust to the imperial rubbles of Rome.
Her work has been shown at the Hyde Park Art Center, Threewalls gallery, Gallery 400, The Ballroom Projects, all in Chicago, as well as at the SCA Contemporary Art Lab, Albuquerque, and in Germany at Natalie Viaux Gallery, Hamburg, Domberger Galerie, Stuttgart, and BEGE Galerien, Ulm. Tahir has recently won the 1st juried 2015 ArtSlant prize in the installation category and has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and AFFECT Agora, Berlin, Germany. She has been part of the 2015 Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center Chicago—a professional developing program for practicing artists—and was shortlisted for the Georgia Fee artist/writer residency in Paris. In 2015 she was also one of the recipients for the DCASE Individual Artists Program Creative Projects Grant Awards. Tahir’s literary works include three artist books, which all have been acquired by the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection in Chicago. She received an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is represented by BEGE Galerien, Ulm, Germany.