Trevor Paglen is a man on a mission and it is one that reminds us that what makes any work of photography relevant, interesting, important or even significant, are the ideas and intentions that inform it. Anything else is merely gazing at pretty pictures.
Asim Rafiqui is a Ph.D. research candidate at the University of Delft, Department of Architecture. He is a member of the Topological Atlas project researching methodologies for producing visual counter-geographies at border sites. Asim’s research looks at the impact of development projects on Indigenous land and oceanic relations in Baluchistan, Pakistan.
Asim completed a MA in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, the University of London, in 2018. He conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Jackson, Mississippi, for his thesis. His research looked at the challenges facing community activists building a network of cooperatives and worker-owned enterprises in the inner city neighborhoods.
Previously Asim worked as an independent photojournalist for US and European publications. He was of an Open Society Fellowship in 2012 and a Fulbright Fellow in 2011.