Basir Mahmood graduated in 2010 with a BA in Fine Arts, holding a distinction from Beaconhouse National University Lahore, Pakistan. He received a yearlong fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany (2011); was a resident at GASWORKS, London (2013); Sacatar Instituto in Bahia, Brazil (2014); Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2016 - 2017).
Since 2011, his works have been part of various international exhibitions including: The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia (2012); Inaugural Show, Broad Museum, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA (2012); Asia Pacific Triennial (APT 7), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2012); Recontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); vac.u.um, Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE (2012); Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE (2013); Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE (2013); LISTE 18, Basel, Switzerland (2013); We are what we eat, Grey Noise, Dubai, UAE (2013); 180 Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporânea Sesc Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); Des homes, des mondes, Collège des Bernardins, Paris, France (2014); Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaîté Lyrique and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2014); Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo, Japan and National Museum of Art Osaka (NMAO), Osaka, Japan and Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore, Singapore (2015); FIVA 05, National Library, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015); Art Prize CBM at Premio Carlo Bonatto Minella, Turin, Italy (2015); Ich and Du, The Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany (2015); For an Image, Faster Than Light, Yinchuan Biennial, Yinchuan, China (2016).
Besides being part of various private collections, Mahmood’s video works were acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery collection in Brisbane, Australia. He is the recipient of the 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil Prize in São Paulo, Brazil (2013) and received the Sesc_Videobrasil Residency Prize at Sacatar Instituto as part of the award. He was most recently shortlisted for the Abraaj Group Art Prize, Dubai, UAE (2016).