BANI ABIDI was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1971. She recieved her BFA degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 1994 and an MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA in 1999 . Abidi has worked primarily in video for the past 8 years. Her videos have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally. Her group exhibitions include:The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Blockbuster: Cinema for Exhibitions, MARCO, Monterrey;Where Three Dreams Cross - 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Xth Lyon Biennale: The Spectacle of the Everyday, France 7th Gwangju Biennale 2008, Kwangju, South Korea; Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe,Germany (2007); Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2006); Sub-Contingent- The South Asian Sub Continent in Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2006); 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan (2005); . Solo shows include: Bani Abidi - Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, 2011; Green Cardamom- London,2010; Project 88 - Bombay,2010; TPW Gallery- Toronto 2007, Haines Gallery,San Fransisco 2006, V.M Art Gallery, Karachi 2006. Her work is in the collections of the The Musem of Modern Art, New York; The British Museum, London; Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas; Patricia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,Turin, Italy; Marguelies Collection, Miami; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.
She will be an Artist in Residence at the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm for the year 2011/2012.