#2 Tahir Carl Karmali - Artist Forbes 30 Under 30

Meet Tahir

Working across multiple mediums, materials, and photography, Brooklyn-based artist TahirKarmali’s interests lie in manipulating materials that perpetuate colonialism. He draws from his own experiences as a well-traveled Kenyan citizen to structure narratives around migratory identity. Karmali received his Masters of Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Selected exhibitions include “Jua Kali,” a part of “Making Africa,” High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2017), Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands (2016), and Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain (2015), among other venues; “PAPER:Work,” Art Africa Fair, Cape Town, and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, both 2017. 

What we discuss

  • The role of art in addressing social issues

  • The obstacles facing youth who want to pursue art and any 'unpredictable' careers

  • How to balance finding economic, psychological and emotional fulfilment