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Sofia Karim

Sofia Karim is a London based architect and activist. The incarceration of her uncle (photographer and activist Shahidul Alam) led to the development of her theories on an ‘Architecture of Disappearance’. She explores architecture as a language of struggle and resistance and re-examines its ideals of silence, truth, beauty and transcendence through the framework of her human rights work. Karim has practiced architecture for over 20 years studios including Norman Foster’s in London and Peter Eisenman’s in New York. Her practice combines architecture, visual art and activism. Her activism focuses on human rights across Bangladesh and India. Her work was nominated for this year’s (2021) Jameel Prize and is currently on exhibit at the V&A. She has staged protest exhibitions at Tate Modern (Turbine Hall) and has exhibited at the Rubin Museum NY and galleries in London, Chicago, Houston & Delhi. She is a visiting critic at Westminster school of Architecture.

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