Faisal Anwar is an interactive, New Media artist/producer from Pakistan, living and working in Canada. Anwar is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Habitat-LAB, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program 2004, and did his Bachelors in graphic design from the National College of Arts Pakistan 1996.
His practice explores sociopolitical spaces, which intrigues the mind and emotion by multiple layers of participatory experiences. His projects often bring together art, culture and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards private verses public spaces, surveillance and social interactivity in modern urban cultures.
Anwar’s latests project, Tweetgarden, Presented at Contact photography festival, ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), 2012 and various locations for Defining Moments National Project, with Taking it Global, Canada, 2012 and University of Massachusetts Boston 2013. Another project +City presented at Nuit-blanche 2011 and Marshall Mcluhan Festival Toronto. Oddspaces presented at the Winter Olympics Vancouver 2010, Nuit-blanche (Toronto and New York) 2011, Six Degrees of Separation (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) 2009 and in Dubai at The Menasa Studio Dispatches 2011. Anwar has directed six short films and videos which were part of various festivals in Canada and abroad, such as Monitor 3 , South Asian Film and Video’ presented by SAVAC Toronto, ‘Pollution’ presented by INTERart, Romania, aluCine Toronto Latin Festival, shortsnonstop.com and at TPW Gallery Toronto. Anwar received several grants and awards including SSHRC Insight Development Grant ( 2011-2013) from The University of Toronto.