1 x 1 Artists

Aakif Suri

 

BIO:

Born in 1982, Aakif Suri completed his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Miniature Painting) in 2006 and MA Hons, Visual arts in 2017 from National College of Arts, Lahore. He received the “Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship award 2018” to study at the “Prince School of Traditional Arts, London. Aakif has exhibited his work in Karachi Art Biennial in 2017, a collateral art event of Lahore Art Biennial 2018, “BASEL” Art Fair 2012, Switzerland. Melbourne Art Fair Australia in 2012 and Slick Art Fair 2010 Pairs, Along with many group shows in UK, Canada, Switzerland, India, UAE and Muscat. He has also been displaying his work in various important group shows and solo shows in prominent art galleries of Pakistan. His work can be seen in private and official collections and has been reproduced in different art publications locally and internationally. Aakif lives and works in Lahore where is currently teaching Indo-Persian Miniature Painting at National college of Arts, Lahore.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

I try to express my unease related to personal and political identity, the way our mindsets are scarred with fallacies of power and animate behaviors disguised in it. Because the rudiments of colonial systems did not only erode our social constructs but also left lasting deformities in our belief and power structures. I intend to relate ethnicity on a sociopolitical level with the global community. Urge is to comment on the idea of bigotry and the authoritative and prejudiced mindset.

 

Abdul Jabbar Gul

Bio

Abdul Jabbar Gull was born in 1969 in Mirpurkhas. He completed his BFA in Sculpture from the National College of Art, Lahore in 1996. Gull has exhibited nationally as well as internationally ever since. He has several solo and group shows to his credit. From 1998 to 2008, he taught sculpture at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. Gull has been invited to the Fordsburg Residency program – Johannesburg (2002), VASL International Artists’ Residency – Karachi (2005), Mosan International Stone Sculpture Symposium – Seoul, South Korea, Arrecido Wool Symposium – Spain (2013) (2014) and (2015). His work is part of collections worldwide. He has also worked on several commissions for the private as well as public sector. These include the “Coins Mural” for The State Bank of Pakistan, a metal sculpture the Head Office of the Faysal Bank, Karachi, a large scale metal installation for GlaxoSmithKline’s Head Office, Karachi and a sculpture at the CIP lounge at the New Islamabad International Airport to name a few. His work “Winged Thought” was chosen and given as an award to international film celebrities at the Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF). He was also a participant at the Karachi Biennale in 2017 and 2019 as well as the Islamabad Art Festival (IAF) in 2019. He is also the recipient of the Excellence Award given by the Punjab Artists Association and National Award for Sculpture given by the Pakistan National Council of Arts.

Artist Statement

Once, after visiting my studio someone asked:” What motivates you to work?” I replied, most probably the urge for self-expression; as a sensitive being I feel and experience inner and outer world impressions that I share through my work. But the more I try to explore the mysterious link of the corporeal world to the ethereal world, the more my thoughts fly on delicate wings of imagination. Searching for answers, I am confronted with ever deeper, unresolved questions. Translated into the focus of my subject as three dimensional, winged forms, I endeavor to discipline my thoughts and create order by juxtaposing them with the Takhti, a symbol of awareness. Still my thoughts fly hither and thither, leading me into unknown dimensions, ever teasing ever intriguing. I find Wood and Metal to be sympathetic mediums; they help me to enhance my quest and continue it. My carvings in wood set out to explore numerous questions arising from the changing circumstances of my life. I have no conclusions, so my work speaks of the mysteries and ambiguities faced in this process.

Abida Dahri

Bio

Born in 1994 in Hyderabad, a historical city of Sindh, Abida graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art with a distinction in Miniature Painting from the Centre of Excellence in Art and Design (CEAD), Mehran University, Jamshoro in 2017. In 2018, after graduating, Abida participated in various group shows in Pakistan, including ‘BULB’; a group exhibition of 13 fresh graduates, curated by Muhammad Zeeshan at the Sanat Initiative Gallery, Karachi; a five person show titled “Recurring Fragments”, curated by Irfan Gul Dahri and Art for Artist; ‘Qutub Rind & Contemporaries’ at O Art Space Gallery, Lahore; “Baad e Saba” Season 2, an annual exhibition of artists from Sindh at Clifton Art Gallery, Karachi; International Watercolor Biennale “Pearls of Peace” Season 2, by IWS- Pakistan at the Centre of Excellence in Art and Design (CEAD), Jamshoro 2018. In 2019, she showcased her work at the World Bank, Islamabad, curated by Zara Sajid; Eclectic Mix, curated by Adeel Uz Zafar at Sanat Initiative Gallery, Karachi; Rhythms of Recurrence, curated by Nurayah Nabi Sheikh at KOEL Gallery; Naya Pakistan at Sanat Initiative Gallery, Karachi and Pakistan at 100 Art Exhibition, at the World Bank, Islamabad. She has also been one of the selected artists for StudioBQ 3rd Artist Residency Program 2019, Lahore and displayed the work at the group show titled ‘YADDO’ at Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore. Abida is a visiting faculty member in the Fine Art department, Centre of Excellence in Arts and Design (CEAD), Mehran University, Jamshoro. She lives and works in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

It’s about pre and post, old and contemporary, cause and result, pure and impure, hard and soft, primary and tertiary, fiction and nonfiction, subtle and clear. I started this work with an idea of confusion in genders today, how everything has become gender fluid. I’m not saying it’s wrong or right; people are just living their life to the best of their abilities. I have tried to show the little confusion that occurs in my mind about one’s gender i.e. male/female/transgender/others, while fundamentally they are all human.

Adeel uz Zafar

Bio

Adeel uz Zafar was born in 1975, in Karachi, Pakistan. He is an artist, illustrator and an art educator. Zafar holds a BFA (with distinction) from the National College of Arts, Lahore (1998). Size Does Matter at V.M. Art Gallery, Karachi; was a turning point for this artist and his practice. This show held in 2009, catapulted him into the league of emerging artists of Pakistan. He came up with a humongous scale this time, retaining his hold on the meticulous skill and the objects he made an illustration history with. These props were singular, fluffed, “cuddly” toys, symbolically wrapped in gauze bandage. He engraved them on the large adjoined pieces of plastic vinyl sheet coated with emulsion and acrylic gel. The small toy was blown up to a monstrous size with a pitch black background; the intricately manifested concealing weave of the cloth opened many connotations regarding the furtive and ambiguous identity. Zafar’s works have been featured in several national and international exhibitions, including 6 solo shows and numerous group shows. He has also presented works in international art fairs, such as Art Stage Singapore; Art Fair Philippines; Art Dubai; Art Abu Dhabi; Art Basel Hong Kong; Pulse Art Fair New York; India Art Fair and the 2nd Kathmandu International Art Festival. He has participated in both national and international residencies, including the Studio R.M Residency Lahore, Pakistan; Parramatta Artists’ Studios and Cicada Press COFA UNSW, Creative Fusion International Artists Residency, Cleveland Foundation, Ohio, USA; and C3A – Center of contemporary art, Cordoba, Spain; in collaboration with the AAN Foundation. He is represented by the FOST Gallery, Singapore & AAN Gandhara Art Space, Karachi-Hong Kong.

Artist Statement

Zafar associates his childhood memories and his perpetual dealing with subjects for children as the core of his imagery development. He symbolizes this bandaging manipulation as the delusive ipseity. He alters the dainty characteristic by transforming the identity of the object, driving it into the rather serious orientation. Whereas, his flamboyant command over the painstaking patterned strokes may appear principled to miniaturesque craftsmanship, the enormous scale of the work and his indulgence in almost a signature media to himself, segregates him from the league of contemporary miniature artists. Paradoxically, the surface revealing technique is contrary to the covert visual he creates. Adeel uz Zafar currently works and resides with his wife Nehdia and three children in Karachi.

Afshar Malik

Bio

Born in 1955, Bahawalpur, Afshar Malik graduated in Fine Arts from National college of Arts, Lahore in 1978. He acquired his Higher Diploma in Fine Arts from Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London, UK in 1988. Malik joined National College of Arts as permanent faculty in 1983 and served his alma-mater till 2015 as Associate Professor. His remarkable services and variety of experience is tremendous, for he has always remained instrumental in educational activities at various institutions and private venues since 1978 where he conducted several drawing, painting, lithography and ceramic workshops for children and college students. For many years, he has created several cartoons for various newspapers and magazines along with working as illustrator, designer and visualizer in advertising agencies, NGOs, Pakistan Television and for children story books. In 1993, he also conceptualized, produced and directed ‘Dhoon Dhoon’- a 22 minutes long audio video puppet film about the environment for WWF. Malik was part of a seven-day artist workshop in Marvi, Mumbai, India in 2005 and attended Vasl artist workshop in Karachi in 2003. Along with many national and international exhibitions, he has recently exhibited his work in a collateral with Lahore Biennale 02 and before that in Karachi Biennale 2019. Many of his site-specific works are in various private collections. Malik lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

Afshar paints his characters from the eye of the opposite gender that how a woman sees a man and vice versa. The presence of metaphorical idioms such animals and objects with and around the characters of his narratives are embedded with multiple interpretations. It is up to the audience how to read, interpret and connect these codes as his work offer visual sensuous treat with more questions than answers.

Affan Baghpati

Bio

Born in 1991, Affan Baghpati is based in Karachi. He completed his undergraduate studies in Fine Arts from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, in 2015. Later, in 2018, he completed a graduate program in Art and Design Studies from the Maria Dawood School of Visual Art and Design, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Baghpati has showcased his works at AAN Gandhara, Canvas Gallery, Koel Gallery, Sanat Initiative in Karachi, Rohtas 2 Gallery, Taseer Art Gallery, Faqeer Khana Museum, The Colony in Lahore, Satrang Gallery, 12.0 Contemporary in Islamabad, Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini in Milan, Aicon Gallery in New York, and Twelve Gates Arts in Philadelphia. His works were also a part of the Karachi biennale 2017 (KB17) and KB19, Lahore biennale 2018 (LB01) and LB02, Beirut Art fair 2019, and India Art Fair 2020.

Artist Statement

“The thoughtful, playful and occasionally menacing crisscrossing of histories, peoples and objects are riveting in Affan Baghpati’s practice. Culled from diverse probing, searching and rummaging seemingly accidentally, they conceal the careful research invested in them by the artist along with a restless imagining which beckons each element in the work to declare its history, memory and desire. In one sense, artists have always borrowed from existing presences. Baghpati treats these segments with deference, as though giving each a chance at rebirth and a new history. At this point, his artistic antennae are hard at work and intuition has its day. With gleeful abandon he fashions these species which intrigue, engage, captivate and, on occasion, repel the viewer. Indifference to his practice is not an option.” By Salima Hashmi

Ahsan Javaid

Bio

Ahsan graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Painting) from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2015. In the same year, Ahsan’s work was selected for the ‘India Art Award 2016’ and he also participated in ‘Climate Change and Art – A Practitioner’s Retreat’ Art Residency in Swat. Furthermore, he attended ‘Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer on Preventive Preservation and Basic Conservation of Art in Pakistan’ the same year. He is a resident artist at Studio RM, where he also teaches drawing. He has been exhibiting his work in various shows across Pakistan. Javaid lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

My practice deals with the ideas of originality, reality and representation. These are all relative terms and cannot be interpreted universally. Information that reaches us is a collection of cropped ideas sometimes by us, sometimes by others. It depends on how well we paste them together to form a picture of our very own reality. The human brain works in mysterious ways and tries to find similar ideas to validate its own; hence, together we start establishing shared realities and conventional understandings. I use my practice as a tool to critique and comment on such understandings and construct a new meaning to generate a dialogue among work, viewers and myself. I have been using various methods to crop, cut and paste information from a variety of media including references from newspapers, magazines, popular imagery and history.

 

Ali Azmat

Bio

Born in 1973, Azmat lives and works in Lahore. He started his teaching career at the Department of Fine Arts, University of the Punjab, Lahore in 1999 In 1999. He also completed his MFA in Painting with a gold medal to his credit the same year and consequently showcased his paintings at his first solo exhibition in Lahore. Since then, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions as well as solo shows at renowned art galleries across Pakistan as well as internationally. Azmat was awarded the National Excellence Award by the PNCA in 2003

Artist Statement

Since the beginning of my career, I was passionate about drawing and that lead to my first solo exhibition in 1999 at Canvas Galley, Karachi. After twenty years, I am gravitating towards my earlier style where my soul meditates through massive drawings where smaller elements are highlighted by variations through my compositions to experience new explorations of hyperrealism, emphasizing on details of form and subjectivity. I express the mystical dimension of reality. It is a dimension that cannot be seen by the naked eye. I also depict my emotional attachment linked to the socio-cultural norms while consciously avoiding the literal illustrations of the photo-realism.

 

Amal Fatima Uppal

Bio

B. 1986, Amal Uppal is a practicing artist, born and raised in Lahore. After graduating in 2011, from the National College of Arts, Lahore, she continued on to exhibit across Pakistan. In 2012, Amal started working for the International studio “Revolving Games”, a giant in the International gaming industry. She is now a senior environment artist at the very firm and has been a part of multiple internationally acclaimed featured game titles. She is a vocal advocate for women empowerment, especially in this particular field. Her art is inspired by her familial roots, conceptual architecture, and local historical lore. It also encompasses large scale, private and public wall murals with an extensive list of completed projects.

Artist Statement

An ongoing series of Inkscapes inspired by fantastical Game Art environments and the very current evolution of our local urban landscape. The use of perspective and modular structures are reflective of my digital 3d practise while the variations in palette are my most recent experiments. These Street Views stem from the inspirational sketches and mechanical terrains of Mathew Borett, Jen Zee, Cinta Vidal, Christo & Jeanne Claude, and Pascal Beeckman. Returning to a more traditional quill, they were created in the hopes of inspiring a dialogue, regarding the current city skylines that we happen to be responsible for creating.

 

Amna Rehman

Bio

Amna Rahman (b.1993) is a Karachi based artist. She graduated from The Lyceum School in Karachi. In 2017, Rahman received her BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2017, passed with a distinction in Painting. Her works have been featured in several exhibitions, including “Cross Border” at the Swiss Residence, Islamabad (2018); “Augmentation” at the US Consulate, Karachi (2018); “I Have To Tell You A Story” at Sanat Initiative, Karachi (2018); “Microcosm” at Gandhara Art Space, Karachi (2017); “Ugly Pretty” at Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore (2017); “After Next” at O Art Space, Karachi (2017); “Department Store” at Sanat Initiative, Karachi (2017). Rahman’s work has been published in a book, shown at the Venice biennale “Imago Mundi”, curated by Ambereen Karamat and Amanullah Mojadidi (2017). Rahman’s work has also been featured in a BBC documentary called ‘Dangerous Borders’, in 2017.

Artist Statement

My earlier work explored the sensitivity of my relation to the women I had been close to through my life. Later my work mainly became my understanding of the queer female existence. My subjects wear a mask of fearlessness; their gaze is overtly defiant, their eyes dark, their lips dry. My work includes conventionally painted women, including myself as the subject of my paintings, portraying myself comfortable in spaces where there are no male viewers. I am fascinated by the formal structure of the female figure, how the curves appear when two bodies are in contact with each other, capturing the considerable impact of the weight that falls on the body of the other person around, altering the natural form due to proximity, making the skin swell or depress under the encumbrance. My paintings are a contrast between my subjects close contact with one another but a sense of alienation and de-familiarization with the viewers, achieved through their uninviting gaze.

 

Amra Khan

Bio

Born 1984 in Islamabad, Pakistan, Amra Khan is an Inter-disciplinary visual artist & educationist, based in Lahore. In 2008, she graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore with a distinction in painting. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from NCA and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) Paris, France from 2010 – 2011. She has expertise in oils, acrylics & miniature painting; often expresses her talents through human hair sculptures & video installations. Her work focuses on different ideas and personalities living in the same body, conflicting gender, religion, and the male power and identity. She works to speak through and entice the observer to question tangibility. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She co-curated ‘Stet’, exhibited under the umbrella of Lahore literary festival 2014 and has been a part of other curatorial projects as well. Her work was featured in the short film “Between the Lions” by Lewis Martin for the Cannes Film
for the Cannes film festival 2011. She has participated in a significant number of group shows in London, Paris, Basel, and Pakistan. Her Work has been featured in multiple print and online publications. Her work is a part of the Luciano Benetton ‘Imago Mundi’ collection and other prominent collections. Her most recent exhibits include Ecce Homo Behold the man, Chapter 2 ‘Kacha Gosht’ at O Art Space, and ‘Sagar Theatre’ a collateral event of the Lahore Biennale 02.

Artist Statement

Manhood is an aberration; it is a struggle to break free of or even rebel against the fond nature of this universe. Men are trained to be “men” – the unyielding, the tenacious, the overbearing, the opportunistic. Men survive manhood training. They learn the rituals and come out a little damaged, here and there, between transitions, finally managing to make the grade as “just” a little functional. The greatest sufferers of the violence of men are other men. “Femaleness” of humanity is inexorably tied to a time when a being is a foetus, growing and blossoming while feeding on the “femaleness” that is the universe. The development of “maleness” is complex and precarious, with an ever present struggle with a natural inclination to return to the way of the universe. For the sons of Adam, the songs of innocence have given way to the songs of experience. The boy breaks from his infantile past; the brutal segregation is enforced between two beings that were once one. Gender is slowly enforced upon him. Roles are given not chosen.

Aqeel Solangee

Bio

Aqeel Solangi was born in Ranipur, Sindh. He graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2003, followed by his first Master’s degree MA (Hons.) Visual Art in 2005. He received his second Master’s degree MA Fine Art from the Bath School of Art and Design – Bath Spa University, UK in 2016. He was the recipient of the renowned international Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust visiting artist Fellowship for the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London in 2006. Since then, he has been teaching at the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts. Solangi’s work has been showcased in Pakistan and internationally. He was a part of the 2013 Pakistani Artists’ workshop in China. Solangi has received ‘A Vision of the Future-2006’ Young Artists Award by the Lahore Arts Council in 2006. His work has been reviewed by Dr. Michele Whiting, Dr. Akbar Naqvi, Aasim Akhtar, Marjorie Hussain, Nafisa Rizvi, Salwat Ali, Noor Jehan Mecklai and Sally Bennett. He has worked as sign and cinema board painter at Mehboob Painters in Khairpur (Mir’s), and also attended extensive art courses at an early stage of his career at renowned artist Mussarat Mirza’s studio in Sukkur, Sindh. Aqeel Solangi lives in Rawalpindi since 2007.

Artist Statement

‘It seems I was called for this:
To glorify things just because they are.’
Czesław Miłosz
An Uncertain Night is part of my continuing series based on the theme of Night, where I am reimagining the stories and constructing my own narratives to depict the aura of Night.
Flowers are recurring motifs in my work, especially the Periwinkle that is called ‘Sada Bahar’ in
Urdu language.
This act of amalgamation of various motifs/images from different sources is like shifting their geography, where they form some sort of different ambience. By doing this, I am addressing the
Freudian term ‘uncanny’ to explore the notion of uncertainty.

Atif Khan

Bio

Muhammad Atif Khan was born in 1972, in Sahiwal, Pakistan. The artist graduated (with distinction) in Fine Art from the National College of Arts in Lahore in 1997, and a year later was awarded the UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursary, to complete a residency at Darat-al-Funun in Amman, Jordan. In 2007, Khan received the Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award. He was also appointed artist in residence at the Swansea Print Workshop in Wales, the London Print Studio in England, and the Glasgow Print Studio in Scotland. Khan is the faculty member at the prestigious National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

By and large, Muhammad Atif Khan’s work is a homage to Pakistani popular visual culture, paying tribute to its amalgamation of Central
Asian/Persian aesthetics and a local South Asian blend of expressive storytelling. Borrowing from and building on a gamut of images and
iconography across hundreds of years of Mughal culture and miniature paintings, to Pakistani truck art and a diverse range of visual materials from his everyday life , Atif creates a unique imaginary universe. Juxtaposing eclectic images in contrasting environments subverts their original contextual meaning and opens windows on new stories that speak of his concerns about spiritual and physical worlds, simultaneously.

 

Ayaz Jokhio

Bio: Born in 1978, Ayaz Jokhio lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, uses for his artistic works an amalgamation of imagery from print media, the Internet, and popular culture along with his own observations of contemporary Pakistan. His work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Pakistan and abroad, and he has been a resident artist in Switzerland, Germany, and Japan. Ayaz Jokhio teaches at the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design, Beaconhouse National University in Lahore.



Artist Statement:

In the domain of visual arts, the definition of the term ‘medium’ has always been narrowed down to a certain technique like ‘pencil drawing’, ‘oil painting’ or ‘digital image’ – but for me, all these techniques are different ways to create an image or a visual experience. My medium encompasses the whole field of visual art – creating a visual experience, no matter what technique I employ.

Dua Abbas Rizvi

Bio

Dua Abbas Rizvi (b. 1987) is a visual artist and art journalist based in Lahore, Pakistan. She graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2010 with a distinction in Painting. She was also given the Shakir Ali Award for Excellence in Fine Art, and Sir Percy Brown Prize for Excellence in Art History. She has exhibited widely across Pakistan and has numerous international shows to her credit. She was selected to participate in the “Stations of the Cross” exhibition (2018) in New York, co-curated by author and curator Dr. Aaron Rosen. Her work was displayed in a solo presentation at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and featured in the Brooklyn Rail and Artnet News. As an art journalist working since 2009, Rizvi has written more than 200 essays, reviews, and creative non-fiction pieces on Art and Culture for Pakistani and foreign English-language publications. She currently serves as an editorial advisor for American quarterly literary magazine “Image Journal”. Rizvi has also signed and also designed and taught studio and theory courses at the NCA, Lahore.

Artist Statement

How shall I describe these pictures?
They are portraits of aspects of the psyche.
They are illustrations of plenty, and of promise, and inexorability – traits that I associate with family, traits that can be associated with religion.
They are exercises in allegory.

 

Ehsan Memon

Bio

Ehsan Memon was born in Larkana, Sindh and completed his BFA from the National College of Arts,Lahore in 2015.and M.A in 2019. He has exhibited at the Karachi Literature Festival, Canvas Gallery, Alhamra ArtGallery and IVS Gallery. Ehsan explores the complexity of materials and textures through highly detailed oil painting and enjoys playing with illusions through exploring new objects.

Artist Statement

Recently I have been working with the idea of displacement, nostalgia, home and its memory. When I revisit my work I find a common thread in my whole practice and I realized that somehow I am talking about emotional relation to the home. I consider this body of work as more about emotional baggage and nostalgia of home. Nostalgia is sometimes a very emotional term, which is extremely relevant to my past of constantly moving and shifting homes. It is deeply connected to my childhood, which has the sound amalgamation of so many things, people, relations, occasions, particular places and time that cannot evaporate from my mind. With the passage of time all these things change into the memories and memories always affect our present.

 

Erum Akhtar

Bio

Born in 1995, Erum Akhtar is a Lahore based visual artist. In 2018, she graduated with a distinction in Fine Arts Painting from the College of Art and Design, Punjab University. Her oil-based work primarily revolves around the various human temptations and incorporates human figures and foliage that are painted hyper-realistically. Her work contains complementary colors that instantly grab the attention of the audience. She has exhibited her work at Al-Hamra Arts Council, Lahore, Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore, O Art Space, Lahore, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan Art Forum Collectors’ Soiree, Lahore and Popsicle Pop-up Concept curated by Zara Sajid, Islamabad.

Artist Statement

It is oddly weird how often we tend to conceal our behavior. Temptation is one of those intriguing behaviors. My work revolves around various enticing activities in our surroundings that we judge others for while ignoring the fact that we are not perfect either. I have observed that the majority of human beings tend to keep their temptations private. Whenever you’re defied or restricted, you grow more impulsive just out of curiosity. Generally, anything which comes with a warning that it shouldn’t be done becomes too tempting!

 

Fakhra Asif

Bio

Fakhra Asif is currently doing her masters from National College of Arts, Lahore. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art from the College of Art & Design, Punjab University, Lahore in 2017. She has exhibited her works at various exhibitions across Pakistan including: [email protected] curated by Zara Sajid at the World Bank, Islamabad in 2019, Art for Climate Change at the Pakistan National Council of Arts, Gallery 6 Islamabad. She was also selected for a residency climate change hosted by gGallery 6 Islamabad, Pakistan in 2018. Among her shows in 2018, she participated in Forecast, a group show at O Art Space, Lahore Pakistan and Dawn at the Taseer Art Gallery.

Artist Statement

Human body is very complex. I am fascinated with skin. I believe that our skin acts like a dress for our body. It hides everything under our skin. We all hide some aspects of our life, scars or marks. I have worked with hand gestures. I have painted the hands as if they are praying or they could be hiding something. Hands are a better representative of one’s age than the face. They are an integral part of how you express yourself and are one of the main elements that add to one’s body language.

 

Farhat Ali

Bio

Farhat Ali began his journey as a signboard painter. After 10 years as a signboard painter, he enrolled at the Center of Excellence Art & Design, Jamshoro and later received his BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore with a distinction. Farhat Ali has, since then participated in many solo and group shows, including “How did I get here” Sanat gallery, Karachi in 2015; “What belongs to you” Sanat gallery, Karachi in 2016; “Green Signal” Zahoor ul Akhlaq Art Gallery, Lahore; “Memories 39K” Lahore in 2016; Degree show, National College of Arts, Lahore in 2015; Inspire William Titley, 2011 to 2014; Sindh Reverberating Sound Echo through Desert, Koel Art Gallery 2014; “Day After Tomorrow” Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore Arts Council in 2012; “Red Hot” Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore Arts Council in 2011; “News from Sindh” Canvas Art Gallery, Karachi n 2010. Farhat currently resides and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

The historical narratives bound to a certain time and space often become recurrent and ephemeral when seen in different times. These works are an attempt to rewrite history with shifted signifiers from different times. Ink as a medium of writing, is used as a medium of image making in this series; whereas the images produced blurs the lines between history and fiction. As an artist, I want to create narratives where the viewer would encounter different historical accounts beyond the time and space limitation.

 

Farrukh Shahab

Bio

Shahab is a visual artist based in Karachi. He has continually exhibited his work in Pakistan as well as internationally for the last thirty years. He was initially trained as a portrait artist and later evolved his practice towards the figurative work that he is known for today. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Art Institute of Karachi. He is also a member of the Governing Body of Arts Council Karachi as the chairperson of the Fine Art Committee.

Artist Statement

My artwork reflects the nostalgia I hold for my evolution as a painter. It showcases the days I was moving from realistic portraits towards art, which was abstract and distorted. The journey from one artistic style to another was filled with days of experimenting and exploring new colors, themes, and forms that opened up a wide array of possibilities for me. The very process amazed me more than the end goal; it led to a new dialogue within myself. These are the glimpses of my memories associated with the process I went through while I transitioned, both as an artist and a person.

 

Ghulam Hussain

Bio

Ghulam Hussain is a contemporary visual artist from the city of Hyderabad, Sindh, a home to the world’s oldest civilization called the Indus Valley Civilization, Pakistan. He is a trained miniaturist from National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. Hussain’s work is distinct due to its technique and simplicity, opening up a range of possibilities both for the artist and its viewers. Going back to his roots in Pakistan’s province of Sindh, Hussain is challenging the notion of the high craft by integrating forms of low-craft, such as weaving and brick building, with the miniature style of painting. Inspired by children’s sensibilities and recollection, Hussain constructs his images like the pattern weaved through in paper on canvas. His work deals with the idea of folk art and the innocence of expression both combined and blended in a new manner. His work has been set forth nationally as well as internationally. Some of his recent projects include: Devi Art Foundation Museum New Delhi, India; Fifth Beijing International Art Biennial in National Art Museum China, Award Grant Rockefeller Brothers Artist Residency New York, Award Grant The Artist Students League Artist Residency New York, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Satrang Art Gallery Islamabad, Pakistan. His visits to New York approached him towards the work of Piet Mondrian and he came up with his flourishing work of Woven Narratives Dialogue with Piet Mondrian in 2015. His work is based on geometric patterns and overlapping techniques through weaving. His recent work confronts the Op Art with the Sindh Craft Arts is one more stride towards his evolving practice.

Artist Statement

Hussain graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 2009 with a Bachelors in Fine Art & a major in Miniature Painting. He weaves the interesting compositions to point to the number, quantity and space involved in the geographical and mathematical aspects of installation which stimulate the viewer’s imagination and exploration of one’s own memories. He prefers a humanistic approach to what makes a person happy, enriched, and fulfilled. This primitive, bold style imagery collaborates with very intricate hand woven Wasli and his school note books. His rich cultural roots, famous for their heritage and crafts like rali, chatai, and charpai which is the Low Craft Art element in his work and his fascination with optical illusions is the High Art in his work. His work is a combination of the two influences.

 

Hamid Ali Hanbhi

Bio

Hamid Ali Hanbhi is a visual artist who currently resides in Lahore, Pakistan. Originally from Jacobabad Sindh, He graduated with a distinction from the National College of Arts in 2016. He started his career by painting billboards/truck art at ideal arts in Jacobabad. Hanbhi is a multidisciplinary artist who has had numerous exhibitions since graduating. Most notable being at Canvas Gallery; Karachi, Taseer Art Gallery; Lahore, O Art Space; Lahore, Karachi Biennale 2017 and a project with Imago Mundi Publication. He also conducted workshops for the Lahore Biennale. Hamid was an artist in Residence for vasl taaza tareen 11 “Diversity Adversity 2019” in Karachi, and Art for snow leopard conservation in hopper valley in gilgit valley baltistan affiliated with gallery 6 Islamabad. Hanbhi currently works at the same R.M Naeem studio as a teacher.

Artist Statement

Muslims have always been told that in heaven awaits you beautiful women(Hoors) for those of you that do good. Everyone has a different perception of what they will be like or what they will look like. I, due to mainstream media I suppose have always pictured them as the beautiful models and actresses that I have seen on television. Thus I painted on a poster of a famous Bollywood actor. Masking her beauty in a burka while she holds flowers in her hands. As if longing and waiting for her love to come to her.

 

Irfan Gul Dahri

Bio

Born in 1979, Shahdadpur a small town in Sindh, Irfan Gul Dahri holds a Masters degree in Visual Art from National College of Arts and was awarded with Charles Wallace Visiting Artist Fellowship 2013/14 to study in Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. He participated in Karachi Biennale 2019 with his sculptural installation for public in Karachi Zoo, and Lahore Biennale 2020 collateral event “It’s About Body” – a project of Studio RM at O Art Space, Art for Climate Change art residency Naran in 2018, Climate Change and Art – A Practitioners’ Retreat, Art residency Swat in 2016, and Vasl residency Karachi in 2007. Dahri has remained active in various community projects regarding student counseling and training through lectures, seminars, discussions and formal art classes at NCA, UOG, PU, NTU, BNU, Studio RM and other institutions. Irfan received the ‘Arjumand Painting award’ in 2017 as well as Chughtai Award and Principal’s Honors Award in 2003 for academic excellence in B. Design from NCA where he has been teaching as permanent faculty since 2006. Dahri has had five solo shows along with numerous group exhibitions in Pakistan, Dubai, Singapore, England, America and India. Irfan has worked as an independent curator as well as with O Art Space as gallery curator since 2016. He lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

 

Jehanzeb Haroon

Bio

Jahanzeb Haroon is a visual artist based in Lahore. He graduated in 2018 from the National College of Arts, Lahore; with a major in painting. Haroon’s work has been displayed nationally and internationally. He was a part of the Imago Mundi Art project, Pakistan in January 2017. He was one of 3 students selected from a pool of 100 to spend a term in Siena, Italy; in Siena Art Institute’s Study Abroad Program. He also exhibited his work there. Haroon has been a resident artist at the Pioneer Cement Residency, Khushab; held in collaboration with Canvas Gallery, Karachi (2018), and at Vasl, Karachi, for ‘Taza Tareen 11’ (2019). Haroon now contributes to Art as a photographer and writer. He has taught painting and photography at the National College of Arts, Lahore; and currently teaches Cambridge Internationally Art at Grammar School, Lahore.

Artist Statement

Homes are meant to offer solitude and safety from a dangerous and chaotic world but within them we nurse imagined fears, form a self-imposed mental prison where such horrors take root and spread. In little skirmishes, exchanges of words, gentle admonishments within the perimeters of the house, these imaginings are reflected. In the soft but firm grips, the stern looks, the gestures, the little rituals and binding routines we weave a web of restrictions.

 

Jovita Alvarez

Bio

Graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Art from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Jovita Alvares received a distinction in thesis, overall distinction and consequently the title of valedictorian for the class of 2016. She has received numerous awards including the Imran Mir Art Prize, for upcoming artists. Alvares is a visual artist and art educator by profession and has had multiple shows across Pakistan and abroad. She participated in the 4th Sanat Artist Residency in 2017, and is regular art writer for various publications.

Artist Statement

Jovita Alvares explores the nuances of daily life through the ever-evolving themes of urbanism, through frequent documentation and re-documentation. Her work explores the immediate surrounding of her space, a space she grew up in, one that has watched evolve each day. There is an interest in the everyday life of the city. Alvares understands her surroundings and creates work that portrays the spatial present with historical context. She investigates urban aspirations of security as well as a contrasting need to beautify the space by building floral façades over bleak and rigid urban planning. The Bougainvillea plant becomes the protagonist for the artist, as well as a vantage point from where she understands the ever-expanding metropolis. Otherwise overlooked, Alvares brings to focus this plant that continues to mold to human expectation, which, unobtrusively commandeers the Karachi backdrop. The resulting artwork becomes like specimens of her journey and experience, and allows the viewer to see the city from her vantage point.

 

Karen David

Bio

Karen is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, alumni of the National College of Arts, and recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship. She has had three art shows, in Lahore (2009, Ejaz Galleries), Philadelphia (2011, Hamilton Galleries), and Lahore again in 2019, with O Space Galleries. She has two upcoming shows in France, one with The Fondation Renaud (Lyon) in March 2020 and the other at MAPRAA (Lyon) the following June. She has also given a significant portion of her time to acting, performing at The Globe Theatre, London in 2012 and again in 2015 as part of The International Actor’s Fellowship with three more theatrical productions in 2016, 2017 and 2019 with Line Theatre Company in Lyon, France; where she currently lives and works.

Artist Statement

The problem with the human is that it continues to think and assert that it is special in the universe, that none out of all other possible outcomes would have been as perfect as organic life, that its fleeting presence in a timeline of incomprehensible length has somehow been pre-calculated in the unfathomable vastness of the cosmos, of which it yet has only an infinitesimal knowledge. I know of no greater narcissism than this.

 

Kiran Saleem

Bio

Kiran Saleem graduated from the College of Art & Design, GC University, Faisalabad in 2009, with a distinction in painting. Later, she did MA (Hons.) in Visual Art from NCA, Lahore in 2013. She is highly skilled in Oil & Acrylic painting. She has been doing some very experimental site specific works too, which explains the importance of ordinary things we often ignore, which actually contain reality. She is mainly concerned with realizing and seeing the truth behind things, that we see in our daily life and believe, yet ignore the actual/complete truth. Her work investigates these notions of reality vs. perception. Saleem has been awarded the Best Young Artist award by Arts Council, Lahore in 2013. She was artist in Residence at the 1st Sanat Residency in 2014. She also received first prize for the Arjumand Painting Awards 2015. She has exhibited her work at solo and group shows in Pakistan, Dubai, and Italy. Currently, she is teaching at the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Artist Statement

This work is about the alarming situation of our environment. We are suffocated in our living and working spaces, mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and politically. This is the sad reality of our time but we can’t ignore the fact that our atmosphere is in danger day by day. No precautions are planned for the future. We must think about controlling this unfortunate situation. On the other hand this work has a beautiful image of the future of Pakistan, it’s about nature, colors, beauty, sensitivity, and beyond, as I believe artists must show the past, reflect on the present, but imagine a positive future.

 

Laila Rahman

Bio

Laila Rahman lives and works in Lahore. She teaches at the National College of Arts, from where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts, having studied Painting and Sculpture. Following this, she studied Painting at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, after which her practice turned to Printmaking which Rahman studied at the Slade School of Art, London. She received a Distinction in both her studio practice and her dissertation on The Early Development of Mughal Miniature Painting. In 2010/11 Rahman received a year’s Fulbright Award which she spent at the SMFA; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA, culminating in a solo exhibition at the end of the year at the SMFA. Laila Rahman’s work is in the Permanent Collection of the House of Commons, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Cartwright Hall, UK; the Transcultural Gallery, Bradford, UK; the Strang Print Room, UCL, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA and the National College of Arts Permanent Collection.

Artist Statement

Laila Rahman meshes painting, printmaking and sculpture in her work. The motifs of the human torso, split pomegranates, vertiginous spirals of steel embedded in crusty surfaces of black graphite, underpinned with names of cities, roads and the four cardinal points, are some dimensions of her most recent work. The steel flowers reference the intricate form of the chrysanthemum; another link to gardens of desolation and betrayal, from earlier works. They are a metaphor for hard truths. Embellished with gold leaf, her juxtaposing of the forms of the Urdu and Pashto alphabets create images that reference the moon, that also use the twin pillars of symmetry and design. It is through these that she looks at both the states of happiness and desolation, at a world that is being symmetrically dismantled.

Madiha Hyder

Bio

Madiha Hyder (b.1983), graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVSAA), Karachi in 2006. During her four years in art school, she was formally trained in painting and photography. Hyder has a proclivity for representation; the factual, unembellished path to visual expression is the position she prefers. With an inclination towards realism, Hyder not only addresses current socio-political issues of her country; through the medium of portraiture, but also explores more personal narratives every now and then. Her paintings show traces of everyday reality and tell stories about the contradictions of our times. Since her graduation, Hyder’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous group shows in various galleries of Pakistan. Her first solo show was in May 2016 at the Canvas Gallery, Karachi. She was commended for her contribution towards the field of Art in Pakistan, at the LADIESFUND. Women’s Awards 2017. While continuing her own practice, she conducts art workshops privately and is part of the adjunct faculty at IVSAA.

Artist Statement

“Portraits of Karachi” is an ongoing series that explores the urban structures in the environment of Karachi. With the ever-expanding population of the city, new buildings are cropping up everyday; especially apartment buildings, most of which are ill planned, ugly and constructed with little regard to aesthetics. What draws me to these unappealing structures is the eventual and inevitable decay that transforms them from being ‘eyesores’ to ‘eye-catchers’. For me, there is allure in the natural degeneration and disintegration of these buildings — from new, clean and lifeless to weather-beaten, decayed, wasted, crumbled structures with layers of putrefaction and signs of gross neglect – walls that are covered in water stains and cracks with paint peeling — visually so much more interesting, with more character and with much more of a story to tell. Within, lie the curious tales of the inhabitants of such decrepit buildings. I often find myself looking into the windows and occasionally getting glimpses of people and spaces, which only increases my fascination with these buildings. Having mostly produced works in 2D, creating facades of these buildings in the form of reliefs was quite challenging, yet very refreshing and exciting. Each work has a few layers of MDF board in varying thicknesses to create depth, and different painting materials and techniques have been used to achieve the required look for each piece. The images within the windows are digitally collaged. using photos and a few subjects from my previous paintings.

 

Maria Khan

Bio

Born in 1986, Maria Khan graduated from College of Art & Design, Lahore with a Major in Painting and went on to complete her Masters in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Paula Rego and Lucien Freud, Khan’s work depicts a range of emotions from love and longing to lust and anger through her fantastically drawn figures. Her recent shows include “She Persists: 23 female voices of rebellion, celebration and Resilience” curated by Sona Dutta, For 58th Venice Biennale. “the Perfect Gentleman” curated by Zahra Khan at Rossi & Rossi London. “Vanity is Stronger than Love at Sixteen”, “Blossoming in the Woods”, at Canvas Art gallery, Karachi, “Doppelganger” curated by Asim Akthar at Khaas Gallery Islamabad, “The ‘M’ Factor”, at Canvas Gallery, Karachi, “Found in translation” at Taseer Art Gallery, “My Name Is…” curated by Hajra Haider at IVS Gallery, Karachi, “Or Something Like it”, at Satrang Gallery, Islamabad; “Usman aur Main” at Koel Gallery, Karachi; and a painting exhibition curated by Imran Qureshi, at the ambassador house, American Embassy in collaboration with ROHTAS 1, Islamabad.

Artist Statement

Always on the lookout for characters that inspire, their features; large eyes, wide shoulders and strong necks are the start of a story leading to a vision of these characters in a setting with flowers, berries and fruits – a garden of mystic adding to their lost gaze or the print of the fabric they are dressed in. All these ingredients are glued together through charcoal and conte`, dark backgrounds and big solid colours; depictions of emotions of fantastically drawn, larger than life figures – scandalous characters. Placed in a dreamlike aura the figures possess strong and large bodies, enhanced features – each telling their own story. The process is a journey of discovery; partly of self. These visuals are in our head, all of us have locked them away far from the eyes of the public. Unlike us these figures are comfortable in their skins and emotions regardless of the norms of the society they live in and very much like us they aspire for more – love, beauty, power and the stars.

 

Marium Agha

Bio

Marium Agha (b.1982, Karachi) currently lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan. Practicing primarily in mixed media, Agha finds her theme in the Interpretations of visual Imagery, concepts and theories which revolves around the trajectories, outlined by borrowed cultures and ideals of self and others. Using yarn as her primary medium, she tries to make sense between the given real and supposed representational of everyday living. Agha completed her bachelor’s degree from the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture in 2006; and a Master’s in Fine Art from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martin’s in 2009; and a course in curating contemporary art from the Chelsea School of Art in 2009. Her participation in selected exhibitions include, ‘No Honor In Killing – Making Visible Buried Truth’, Karachi in 2010; ‘Tea House’, Poppy Seed, Karachi in 2010; ‘Screaming Whispers’, Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad in 2011; ‘Parrhesia’ IVS Gallery, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture’ , 2011, Karachi, Faiz Art Prize’, 2011, Karachi, ‘Barcelona Showcase, Casa Batllo, 2011, Barcelona, ‘ Attaining Heights’, VM ART Gallery, 2012, Karachi, ‘Amsterdam Showcase, De Oude Kerk, 2012, Amsterdam. Art & Architecture, Karachi in 2011; Faiz Art Prize’, Karachi in 2011, ‘Barcelona Showcase’, Casa Batllo, Barcelona in 2011; ‘ Attaining Heights’, VM ART Gallery, Karachi in 2012; Amsterdam Showcase ‘De Oude Kerk’, Amsterdam in 2012; a group show ‘Sown Together’ at the Aicon Gallery, New York in 2016; ‘Archival Alchemy’, Abrons Art Centre, New York in 2017, ‘She in South Asia; an artistic expression collected from 8 SAARC Countries’, Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, India in 2018; ‘Small Histories: Memory as Practice, Memory as Ethics’, Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, India in 2018; ‘Objects we behold’, AA Gandhara Art Space,2018; ‘An Ephemeral Culture of Love – a survey’, Taseer Art Gallery,2019. She held her first International solo show at the Artifact Gallery, New York in 2016; and first local solo show, at Chawkandi Art, Karachi in 2016, curated by Amra Ali; ‘Modern Love’ at Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore in 2017; and ‘An Ephemeral Culture of love – a survey’ at Taseer Art Gallery, in 2019.

Artist Statement

And what was that I delighted in, but to love, and to be loved? But I kept not the measure of love, of mind to mind friendship’s bright boundary; but out of the muddy concupiscence of the flesh, and the bubbling of youth, mists fumed up which beclouded and overcast my heart…. I was tossed about, and wasted, and dissipated, and I boiled over in my fortifications. The confessions of St. Augustine.
Agha’s work investigates the semantic trouble with the word Love and its usage to refer to anyone of several distinct entities. Making love, being in love, love of God, mankind, mother, etc. only to wonder if there is a problem with the question, or this sentence employs no definite answer. The unruly concept of this word lies in its interpretation, the given real and supposed representational.
The work surveys the relentless nature of found images in collages of our own making; and in this process, we keep altering the interpretation of a simple image and disciplining reality. It is a process that testifies to time’s relentless melt.

 

Meher Afroze

Bio

Professor at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi and a member of Pakistan Arts Council, Karachi, Meher is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pride of Performance Award by the Govt. of Pakistan in 2014, and Honourable Mention at the 6 th Asian Biennale in 1993, Bangladesh. She graduated with Honours in Fine Arts from Government College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow, India, in 1971. Afroz has been a part of many national and international workshops and residencies including Studio RM Residency (international) in 2010; Workshop in Toulouse, France in 1996; Painter Workshop at Alliance Francaise, Islamabad in 1995; Painter Workshop at Goethe Institute, Lahore in 1993; Printmaking Workshop with Walter Crump at American Center, Karachi in 1993 and Woodcut Techniques workshop at Kala Institute, San Francisco, USA in 1991. Meher’s work has been featured in notable publications like, ‘50 years of Visual Arts in Pakistan 1997’ by Prof. Quddus Mirza, ‘Pioneering Prospective 1998’ by Nilofer Farrukh and ‘Image and Identity 1999’ by Dr. Akber Naqvi. She has been showing her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan, UK, Sri Lanka, Canada, Iraq, India, Hong Kong, UAE, France, Nepal, USA, Bangladesh, Australia and Italy. Afroz lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

Afroz’s work revolves around Ehd, Wafa and Ishq. These are the fundamental principles and ethics of the human condition by which we all abide. The framework of these ethics is the essence of her work, “Sabaq Purana”; the oldest and most important lesson for humanity. It is a lesson Afroz strives to impart to her students even now.

 

Mohsin Shaikh

Bio

Mohsin Shaikh was born in Taxila in 1990. He completed his initial education from Army Public School Mangla Cantt. Later, he graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore where he majored in Painting. Shaikh also enjoys Sculpture making. Shaikh has showcased his work at numerous exhibitions in Pakistan, Dubai & London.

Artist Statement

My work is based on a concept I encountered during my youth, at a time that I shall be very grateful to forever. Some places I’ve been, some sorrows I’ve seen, but I won’t regret nor will I forget all who took that road with me. Nothing is true, depicting the very nature of human beings, i.e we believe what we see and despite what we don’t understand. It is about what we all choose to believe and understand. Criticizing is easy and understanding is rare. Truth is common, logic is rare. As I’ve come to observe that nothing is true in this world because everything is already true to our most betraying eyes, I feel I can exploit this blind trust. Chalkboards have been one of my most important executions because I believe that life is a huge chalkboard where we all express ourselves in a way that can be overwritten and erased easily. One has to be an architect of his her own life rather than being exploited by others self-interests.

 

Mudassar Manzoor

Bio

Mudassar Manzoor born (1979) in Lahore, Pakistan. BFA (2005) from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan; worked there in 2007 and 2010 as a visiting lecturer. He has had numerous solo and group shows. His solo shows include: (2019) “Awakening” O Art Space, Lahore, Pakistan; (2018) “Shahnama A Journey Towards The Self” Chawkandi Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; (2016) “Recent Works” Emerge Gallery, Paris, France; (2015) “I washed the dust of the eyes with blood” Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; (2014) “Once we were in Heaven” Artscene Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; (2011) “The River Runs Dry” Rohtas II, Lahore, Pakistan; (2009) “Fallen” Gandhara Art Space, Karachi, Pakistan; (2009) “Contemporary Miniature Paintings” Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, USA; (2008) “Surreal Narratives” Experimental Gallery, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong; (2008) Gandhara Art Space; (2007) “Belief” Ejaz Galleries, Lahore, Pakistan. His group shows include; (2020) “It’s About Body” curated by Studio R.M. at O Art Space; (2018) “Reflection” curated by Studio R.M. at Sanat Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; (2016-17) “Narcissus Reborn” curated by Aasim Akhtar at Sanat Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; “Kaleidoscope: A new perspective on contemporary Pakistani Art” at Asia House London, U.K; (2015) “Silsila” curated by Studio R.M. at Sanat Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan; (2014) “Resilient Ambassadors” Gallery 6, Islamabad, Pakistan; (2013) “Indo-Pak Masters” International Creative Arts Center, Mumbai, India; (2010) “Contemporary Shahnama Exhibition” Prince’s Foundation Gallery, London, U.K; (2010) “Slick Art Fair” Paris, France; (2010) “Art Expo”, Malaysia; (2008-9) “Hong Kong Art Fair” Hong Kong; (2009) “Different Drummer” IVG, Karachi, Pakistan; (2008) “Gallery Artes” Paris, France; (2008) “East-West Center Gallery” Honolulu, Hawai, USA; (2007) “Pyeongtaek Art Festival”, Korea; (2007) “From Lahore to Montmartre” Paris-Nice, France; (2007) Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan; (2006) “National Exhibition” Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan; (2005-6) “ITC Maurya Sheraton” Delhi, India. Mudassar has also received many scholarships and awards including “Best Young Painter” award by Lahore Arts Council in 2006; Distinction in thesis project in 2005; Merit Scholarship awarded by NCA in 2005.

Artist Statement

In response to a continually changing outside world, I am looking for the underlying essence of life; that is Real and True. Which cannot be changed/transformed/distorted by the situations and conditions of the outer world of forms. My work is an attempt to bring the two opposites (movement and rest) together and experience the totality (Oneness) in this present moment.
As hinted by T.S. Eliot in this beautiful poem.
“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, but neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity, Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point, “There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”
T.S. Eliot

 

Nayab Tahir

BIO:

Born in Lahore, Nayab Tahir is an islamabad based visual artist. She graduated with a major in Fine Arts from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi in 2018. Since then, she has worked as an art educator and has organized several art workshops. Nayab has worked on a number of murals for private as well as corporate clients. She has also participated in various group exhibitions across Pakistan.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Sometimes we rush into Chaos and Anxiety while trying to achieve an illusional reality. We try to feel peace and comfort, but it triggers the pain that gives you some fragile wounds instead of healing the existing scars and cracks. In this painting I used smokes, lines and geometrical figures to maintain the symmetry in rush.

Noor Ali Chagani

Bio

Noor Ali Chagani (b.1982, Pakistan) received his BS Degree in Computer Science in Karachi and BFA in Miniature Painting from National College of Arts, Lahore. Chagani has since exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in institutions including Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, California; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; Abrons Arts Center, New York; Palazzo Mora, Venice; Institut du Monde Arabe, France; Casa Arabe, Spain; Victoria and Albert museum, United Kingdom; Pacific Asia Museum, California; and the Devi Art Foundation, India among others. Chagani was nominated for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s prestigious Jameel Art Prize in 2011. He was awarded with guest residency at Rijks Academy, Netherlands in 2012, Riwaq Art Space residency in Bahrain 2013, and the Jameel Prize residency in Victoria and Albert Museum in 2017.

Artist Statement

‘My works have consisted of hand-made terracotta bricks and other materials to examine notions of walls and structures which are obstructive and stagnant objects. I increasingly examine these structures in various moments of construction and deconstruction as seen in our urban spaces – rods, columns, bricks, pylons showcase the transition. Capturing of these moments reveals our own desires and aspirations for evolution. This transitionary, incomplete stage in my work depicts a comment on how aspirations may conceptually differ in practice, leading to its discontent.

 

Nurayah Nabi Sheikh

Bio

Nurayah Sheikh is an art educator and a practicing printmaker, she has been teaching for over 20 years and has been associated with IVS, NCA Lahore & Rawalpindi, CEAD Jamshoro, and a number of K-12 schools with regards to O & A level Art. Sheikh has a BFA in Printmaking/Sculpture with a Distinction from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. She is currently enrolled for her Master’s Degree in Art Education at the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. Her work has been exhibited in Pakistan and internationally, that has led to the appreciation of her brazen experimentation in transforming the medium of printmaking from a flat metal matrix into three-dimensional sculpted forms. Her recent works have been shown at KB19, 7th Guanlan International Print Biennial and Guanlan Forum at China Printmaking Museum 2019, the KB17 – Karachi Biennale 2017, Singapore 2016 at the DECK Gallery and at the Sharjah Museum where she represented Pakistan on the pan represented Pakistan on the Panel discussion for “Trajectories” 19th-21st century Printmaking from Pakistan and India. She has curated numerous shows in Karachi and Lahore and led a number of international educational exchange projects with regards to printmaking, including COFA in Australia ‘Chaap’ India, the Hong Kong Print Studio, Signature and Fine Print at IVS. Sheikh has worked on community-building projects and is part of the core committee for ‘Pursukoon Karachi’, an organization that comprises of visual practitioners, who work towards the betterment of the city through a peaceful creative approach and is also associated with Karwan-e-Hayat; an organization active in caring for mentally ill indigent patients. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor – Fine Art faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture – Karachi, Pakistan, and coordinator of the IVS Print Studio. Sheikh has taught at IVS since 2005.

Artist Statement

‘we are reflections of another’ series
How long had this tranquil spell of existence in non-existence, been? Her memory fogged, she wondered how she came to be where she stood. How long had she weathered the elements, devoid of touch? A collection of unconscious experiences awakened her dormant state and she
recognized that here is the community of the being, where interpretation and notes are informed from the weightage of the values she embodies, handed to her, within her and through her on-going learning path, that being her life. Did the objective and subjective lose sight, that, one cannot exist without the other? That the promise of justice for each, did in turn, make up the collective. Why then a want, to put down one, to make tall, the other?

 

R. M. Naeem

Bio

Born in 1968, Mirpurkhas, Pakistan, R.M. Naeem graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a distinction from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 1993. Naeem has been part of the permanent faculty (Assistant Professor) since 1994 at NCA and in 2019 became Associate of National College of Arts, Lahore Pakistan.
In the past twenty-six years, he has held 18 solo shows both in Pakistan and abroad and curated various important shows of local and international artists. In addition, his work has been exhibited in numerous important group shows nationally and internationally, including The Asian Art Biennale Dhaka Bangladesh 2004 and 2006, The International Artists’ Biennale Iran 2006, The Pyeongtaek International Art Festival Lake Museum Korea 2006 and 2007, Art Expo Malaysia 2010, Slick Art Fair Paris 2010 France, Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2011 and Affordable Art Fair Melbourne 2012, Australia, India Art Fair 2014, Delhi India, Sindh art fair 2014, Karachi, Pakistan, Jaipur art summit 2014, Jaipur India, and in 2012 he got selected for Saatchi online artist, 100 curators 100 days show, 2019 Tsinghua University Art Museum, Shanghai, China , Karachi Biennale2017, Karachi biennale 2019 etc. Other countries that have shown his work at various times are Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Paris, USA, UK, Germany, Norway, Canada, etc.

As a participant in various juried art residences, he has attended 17 various art camps and residencies abroad over the course of his career. He has also conducted various art-counseling workshops in Pakistan and abroad. In 2015, he was selected by the Embassy of China to experience Chinese art and culture, and represent and promote Pakistani art and art education in six cities of China. He represented Pakistan in New York at “New Pathways, Contemporary Art from Pakistan” curated by Tanzara Art Gallery, organized by Pakistan Embassy, United Nations. Since 1994, he has been promoting art through education at his studio ‘STUDIO RM’. In 2008, he initiated the Studio RM (International) Residency program in Lahore, Pakistan. He was invited for Erasmus+ international credit mobility staff teaching week at Middlesex University, London in 2018.
R.M. Naeem’s work has garnered several scholarships, awards and prizes in Pakistan, including the Provincial Best Painter Award 1991 and 1992, First Prize Best Short-Short Film category in Punjab Film Festival 2014, Lahore, Summer Film Festival 2014, Mainz (Shortlisted), Kunsthalle Mainz 2014 (Shortlisted) and National Award of Excellence 2003. His work can be seen in various private and official collections and has been featured in both local and international art publications. Naeem lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

The mediums & subject matters addressed in my art inevitably change side by side with my personal experiences and the political atmosphere. Every time I decide to show any of my concerns through any medium, I feel the need to filter it so that all that remains of it is positive. I use a simple narrative to represent the concerns I extract from my surroundings, which enables me to connect with my viewers, this connection between the viewer and the art is what I consider to be the completion of my artwork.

 

Rabeya Jalil

Bio

Rabeya Jalil is a visual artist and art-teacher educator based in Lahore. She did her undergraduate studies in Fine Art from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore (2005) and her Masters in Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, on a Fulbright Scholarship (2013). Currently, Rabeya Jalil is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Art at the National College of Arts, Lahore.

Artist Statement

Rabeya Jalil reflects on the crossover between representation and abstraction; between marks and forms; between paint as a subject and paint as (a symbol of) an object.

 

Rabia Farooqui

Bio

Born in 1992, Rabia Farooqui is a Karachi based visual artist. She received her BFA from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi in 2015. Rabia majored in Miniature Painting. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. In March 2017, she was selected to represent Pakistan in an Artist Residency by the name of “Green Olive Art” based in Morocco; where she took part in an open studio event along with seven other artists from all over the world. Similarly, in April 2018, she participated in another Artist Residency by the name of “Zaratan-Arte Contemporanea” in Lisbon, Portugal; where she exhibited her work by the end of the residency program. She has had two solo exhibitions along with many group shows. She is also the Creative Director at Nadia Farooqui, a luxury clothing brand based in Karachi. Currently, she is involved in various artistic projects as well as working on her next body of work.

Artist Statement

Working as a trained miniature painter with the technique of Gouache on Wasli, my practice revolves around contemporizing narratives that arise from the tension that has been traditional and modern practices. Building characters as an accessory, my paintings touch on issues such as cultural self-definition and the authority of traditions with undertones of satire and derisive humor. I set the stage in a theatrical manner by creating narratives that display an array of complex reactions to situations that are disturbing or unacceptable to the person experiencing them.
The resulting montages of gestures and images often counter the narrative associations suggested by the isolated scenes and offer a greater plurality of meanings. The narrative is revealed in juxtapositions; the imagery conveys harmony and discord, security and disruption. The focus is on the voids left between these extremes, the uncomfortable existence of between-ness.

 

Ramzan Jafri

Bio

Born in Quetta, Balochistan in 1984. Ramzan Jafri completed his Bachelors in Fine Arts (Miniature Painting) in 2012 from the National College of Arts, Lahore with a distinction. He did his MA (Hons.) in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2018. He was part of the “Maktab”, a project by renowned artist Imran Qureshi in collaboration with the Lahore Biennale foundation and Aga Khan Museum. Alongside many group shows in the UK, Australia, UAE, and India; he has also been displaying his work in various solo shows in major cities of Pakistan. Jafri lives and work in Lahore.

Artist Statement

My work is mostly about the experience of loss, trauma and personal narrative. I want everyone to relate to it. I select my material due to which my work’s form and content and thus my practice is unconventional. In my work form is important and form can be in good shape from material. After tearing, distorting and creating intricate textures of fabric, the final shape in my opinion is Loss, Skin, and Human Absence. The book cover depicts my experience of loss. I have written names of my friends and relatives who were martyred in a bomb blast & target killing in Quetta city on the spine of the book.

 

Sadaf Naeem

Bio

Born in Lahore, in 1978, Sadaf is currently enrolled in an MFA Drawing and Painting at UHM. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2001. Since graduation, Sadaf has been involved in teaching at various professional colleges like ‘Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design’, and ‘Kinnaird College for women’. She is a Board Member and Coordinator of Studio RM Residency, Lahore. She has conducted Art Counseling Programs at the Central Model School Sheikhupura; Stained glass workshop for special children at Hamza foundation school, Lahore; conducted Painting workshops with Sanjan Nagar School System for children’s literature festival, Lahore; conducted workshops for “The Little Art” from 2012 to 2018. Selected artist for Artist camp at the Habarana, organized by George Keyt Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2003. Selected artist for the exhibition “Euphonic palate” organized by Nitanjali Art Gallery, Delhi and Mumbai, at Alliance Françoise, India in 2006. Solo exhibitions ‘Unspoken’ at Ejaz Galleries, Lahore in 2007, “Silhouettes” at Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore in 2013, “Unknown” at Koel Art Gallery, Karachi in 2015, “Surrounded” at Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi in 2017. Solo Exhibition ‘Home Sweet Home’ at O Art Space, Lahore in 2019, Installation at the Karachi biennale, “Memories” at the Alliance Francaise, Karachi in 2019. Received Nigaah Award 2017 in landscape painting. Part of publication “20 Pakistani Women Artist You Should Know”, edited by Tauqeer Muhajir, profiles by Marjorie Husain and Uzma Nawaz in 2019. Participated in national and international group shows in London, India, Korea, and Sri Lanka etc. Her work can be seen in private and official collections, and it has been reproduced in different art publications locally and internationally.

Artist Statement

In my work I search for significance of foliage and interweave a woman’s silhouette with psychological interiors and surroundings.

 

 

Sana Arjumand

BIO:

Born​ ​in​ ​1982 ​in​ ​Karachi​, Sana Arjumand is a Lahore based ​multi-disciplinary visual​ ​artist. Graduated​ ​in​ Painting​ ​from​ ​the​ ​prestigious National​ ​College​ ​of​ ​Arts,​ ​Lahore in 2005. She​ ​received​ ​a​ ​High​ ​Achiever​ ​Award​ ​from​ Cambridge​ ​University​ ​in Advanced​ ​Level​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Sociology​​. Sana​ ​has​ ​extensively​ ​shown​ ​across the​ ​globe​ ​as well as in Pakistan.​​ She has been recognized for her extensive practice of painting, although she has explored a variety of mediums such as digital art, photography and filmmaking. Her current work features intricately layered paint with hypnotically drawn figures and birds using her unique luminously radiant colour palette. The work explores the subject of mysticism and spirituality​ ​in​ ​which​ ​the​ ​bird​ ​has​ ​become​ ​a​ ​metaphoric​ ​symbol​ ​of energetic​ ​beings​, ​suggesting​ ​the​ ​coexistence​ ​of​ ​higher​ ​dimensions. Sana has displayed her work in various Museums across the world, including Museo Diocesano in Milan, Italy; Columbia Museum of Art, U.S.A; and Nake Art Museum, Korea. ​She has participated in numerous solo and group shows internationally and in major cities of Pakistan, including: Aicon Gallery, New​ ​York;​ ​Mary Place Gallery, Sydney;​ ​Dubai​ ​Art​ ​Fair;​ ​Indian​ ​Art​ ​Fair;​ ​Abu​ ​Dhabi​ ​Art​ ​Fair;​ ​Art​ ​Basel​, ​Hong Kong;​ ​Flux ​Festival,​ ​London​; ​and​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Sunderland​, ​U.K. Sana​ ​was a resident artist at the prestigious Art OMI residency in NewYork 2009. Her work has been mentioned in Blouin Artinfo ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ “Top​ ​Ten​ ​Rising​ ​Stars​ ​In​ ​Pakistan​ ​and​ ​India”. Her works have also  been reviewed by several International publications, that includes the Time Magazine,​ ​Christian​ ​Science​ ​Monitor,​ ​Art​ ​Now,​ ​Asia​ ​Art​ ​Pacific,​ Huffington Post, ​Nat​ ​Brut, Indian​ ​Times,​ ​H.A.S​ ​magazine, Free Times and​ ​Art​ ​Quarterly​ ​(Christie’s​ ​publication)​ ​to name a few.​ Her​ ​work​ ​has​ ​been​ ​collected​ ​by​ ​Francis​ ​J. Greenburger​ ​Collection​ ​(New​ ​York),​ ​Devi​ ​Art Foundation​ ​(New​ ​Delhi),​ ​Pondside​ ​Press​ ​(New​ ​York), Rangoonwala​ ​(Pakistan), DIL foundation (New York), Luciano Benetton Collection (Italy) ​and others.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

From the seen to the unseen, from the material to the immaterial; Nothing is constant. Nothing is forever. This is the spiritual reality of existence. We see matter for what it is, but within matter, life is ever evolving with the movement in every atom; everything vibrates with a unique frequency. Everything is transitioning. Our greatest fear is death, even though death happens every moment: death of the last breath, death of a thought, death of cells, death of a moment. Simultaneously there is life in every moment too: life of a new breath, life of a new thought, life of a cell, life of a moment. Following death is life and following life is death and existence is transitioning in between the balance of life and death. Everything in the universe is dancing between the seen and the unseen and in between there is life, enriching our universe with a new experience, an opportunity waiting to be taken. These are the patterns of transition and evolution. Evolution to the truth is the yearning of the heart that lies in the unseen and freedom from the material.

Sana Saeed

Bio

Sana Saeed is a Lahore based practicing artist. She completed her degree in visual arts from NCA in 2017. With a major in painting she also learnt calligraphy and film making to enhance her artistic expression. Sana took fine arts as a way of rescue and a platform to speak up her fears and concerns. She started exhibiting her work from a very early age and when she was in her 3 rd year at NCA, she did her first group show in Islamabad with gallery MY ART WORLD. In her final thesis display she has been awarded with Distinction and was also awarded with the prestigious Principal’s honors award. In Alhamrah Young Artist Exhibition 2017, she has been awarded with ‘’excellence award ‘’and is also a member of Artist Residency Program at Shakir Ali Museum. Sana has displayed her work in different galleries of Pakistan, including Canvas Gallery Karachi, Artscene Gallery Karachi, O Art Space Lahore and Zahoor-ul-Ikhlaq Gallery Lahore. She had her first solo show with Taseer Art Gallery Lahore and recently her works were displayed at Taseer art gallery in a group show and Gallery O Art Space in a two person show.

Artist Statement

Whenever we leave, we always leave a mark behind, it could be a physical mark on any surface or an intangible mark floating in the memory. For me “to live is to leave traces” and my artistic practice revolves around these traces. The absence of someone is always a trace of a memory. My work focuses on the uncertainty of life, for a moment you are present in the strongest appearance and in the second moment you are not. I talk about the “nothingness” which lies between present and past, a stage where a person loses his/her sense of belonging. For me all these thoughts and experiences are traces which are left behind by people to be remembered. I use various mediums to record the presence of time which is embossed in countless surfaces around us. I never stick to one medium because I believe every memory and trace demands its own medium. That’s why I have used mediums like installations, photography, film, writing and painting. My aim is to dig deep inside the surface of my memories and fears to develop a conversation with the audience because to me these are not just memories from the past, to me these are the visual records of the people who were once “present”.

 

Sara Bokhari

BIO:

Sara Bokhari is a miniature artist based in Lahore. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the National College of Arts in 2016. Though trained as a miniature artist, Sara’s practice includes a variety of mediums including digital painting, printmaking and video art. Currently Sara works as an art instructor and a freelancer while also exhibiting her work in various galleries.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Sara’s work uses elements from nature and our connection with it, to explore the dynamics of human relationships; viewing both interpersonal and intrapersonal realities. Her current body of work titled “The doomed beauty of trying” explores an effeminate narrative of nurturance and fragility and puts forth women as nurturers and givers. It reveals melancholic yet resilient female characters caught up in barren predicaments and futile cultivations, giving themselves to what does not give back. Her work portrays the beauty and doom in the act of trying and in holding

onto things that don’t serve one anymore, be it a memory, a trinket or a person. She uses elements of nature as motifs of growth, decay and endlessness.

Scheherezade Junejo

Bio

Scheherezade Junejo was born in 1986 in Karachi. She graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in January 2010 with a BFA (Honours) Degree. Scheherezade has participated in over 50 exhibits, both group and solo, and both national and international; since June 2010. The most notable shows in which she has taken part are: “Noah’s Ark” at KB19, Karachi in October 2019; Focus On: Pakistan at Le Dame Art Gallery, London Art Rooms, London in January 2018; Chiaroscuro” at AnYahh Art Gallery, Dubai in November 2017; Venice biennale at the Imago Mundi Project booth, Venice in 2017; Moniker Art Fair at Old Truman Brewery, London in October 2016; “Mirrors of the Artosphere” at Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York in August 2016; “Art Expressions” at Capital Club, DIFC, Dubai in June 2016; Art Basel, Miami in December 2015; Pakistan Art Today at the Lalit Hotel, New Delhi in October 2014; and Affordable Art Fair at the Royal Exhibition Museum, Melbourne in May 2012. She was featured in the 1st edition of Current Masters, a publication of contemporary artists by World Wide Art Books in 2015. She was also awarded “10 Best Works” at the Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore in April 2011. Scheherezade designed customized sculptural pieces for the Fall Cabaret Collection by Monsieur Fox in July 2013. She has taught PYP, MYP and O-Level Art at L’ecole for Advanced Studies (2010-2012). She is currently an Adjunct faculty member at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, teaching Drawing and Painting (since 2013), and curates shows for Full Circle Gallery, Karachi.

Artist Statement

This body of work is a comment on adornment and embellishment. The process of adornment is age old. It has evolved from painted faces to physical armature over the centuries. Today, it is anything but functional; used to twist, confine and contort the body to unnatural “perfection”.
The quest for adornment entails going to great lengths to not look, act or be yourself, especially when it comes to women. It demands that you leave your comfort zone and be who they want you to be, not who you are, because happiness and satisfaction can only be derived by external validation.

 

Shiblee Munir

Bio

Shiblee Munir belongs to the famous Patiala family of miniature painters. Munir’s grandfather, Hajji Mohammad Sharif (1889-1978) was a well-known miniature painter, who headed the Miniature Department at the Mayo School of Arts, Lahore. He is considered to be the founder of Pakistani miniature painting. In Islamic and Arabic culture, calligraphy becomes a highly respected art. Apart from a spontaneous desire to create beauty, it is driven by a spiritual force and unbridled love of God. The theme of Shiblee’s work explores his spiritual heritage. He perceives the innumerable shapes of Islamic calligraphy as visually exciting and dramatic. On large surfaces of silver and gold leaf, he deftly pens the calligraphic text in repetitive motion to overwhelm the eye of the beholder. Employing a modernistic vocabulary, Shiblee has rediscovered the Arabic text for its formal possibilities. In 2014, Shiblee was named on the list of “Asia’s 10 Most Inspiring Visual Artists” as a contemporary miniaturist.

Artist Statement

“Sorry for inconvenience by Adha Musalman

 

 

Suleman Khilji

 

BIO:

Suleman Aqeel Khilji Born in 1985 in Quetta lives and works in Lahore Pakistan. Suleman was one of the students selected for a student exchange program to (Ecole de Beaux Art Paris) in 2009, he was awarded the medal for outstanding achievement in 2010 and went on to achieve a Distinction in painting in 2011 from “National College of Arts” Lahore. In 2016 March Suleman was awarded Vasl Single Artist Residency in collaboration with IVS Karachi, and later in 2016 august he was part of Murree Museums Artist Residency He has been displaying his work across Pakistan, and had group shows in France and the Uk. His most notable Solo show was “See View” at IVS Gallery,”Landswept” and “Inayat and Others” (SanatGallery Karachi), selected Group and two person shows include “Pahore” (Ecole de Beaux Art Paris), “Four and Other Elements”(Canvas Gallery Karachi) “Overcast” (IVS Gallery Karachi) and “Second Glance/Double take” (SOAS London).

His works are part of prestigious collections such as DIL Foundation New york, Shahrukh Khan , and Luciano Benetton Collection, Currently he is teaching Drawing at National college of Art Lahore as a permanent faculty.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Through my practice, I examine the process of painting, a process based on drawing and research, the research mostly revolves around the notions of time and space. While looking at the contradictions in the frame of urban/social growth, I try to examine visuals sourced from history and contemporary culture. My work therefore often intentionally blurs the lines between fact and fiction, documentation and imagination.

 

Summaya Jillani

Bio

Summaiya Jillani is a Karachi-based visual artist and arts educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi. Summaiya’s practice revolves around inculcating a sense of contemplative rebellion through arts and activism. Her vivid paintings of famous icons from cinema, sports, music and science gained her recognition amongst the emerging artists of Pakistan. In 2012, she set a new benchmark for her audience with her Desi Marilyn Monroe painting, which became an instant hit in the South Asian art landscape. She has exhibited in Karachi, Lahore, New Delhi, U.A.E., Philadelphia, New York and London. Summaiya is an adjunct faculty member at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, where she has been teaching since 2011.

Artist Statement

As an impulsive and freewheeling individual, the moment I feel the urge to do something, I do it. Hence my art practice is somewhat whimsical; streaming through caprice, banal observations, experiences and intellectual jargons. On a surface level, it sprouts out from a very strong and irresistible liking for something, therefore, I never hesitate saying, “I liked it very much so I did it” as the main or at times the only reason behind my work. I never restricted myself to any certain medium but painting, very effortlessly became my medium of choice And yet I do not confine myself to painting on canvases as a trend. I’m an experimenter with the surfaces I paint on. My interest lies mainly in the concoction of different cultures that I have grown up observing and enjoying at the same time. I like to imagine and then portray people in different times, spaces and scenarios. Especially, I adore the native flavor of my country in terms of its blatant colors and design elements so much that I want to give subjects I pursue a locally popular look for at least once, just to satiate this brown desi creator inside me. Classic rock music, movies, pop-culture and feminism influence my practice quite inevitably. In short, I want to paint all the movies that I like, all the music and musicians I listen to, and all the revolutionary women who inspire me in ways that I can call them mine.

 

Sundeep Kumar

Bio

Sundeep Kumar was born in Islamkot, a small town of district Tharparkar in Sindh, in 1992. He got his early education in his hometown and moved to Hyderabad to study bachelor’s education, where he got enrolled in Centre of Excellence in Art & Design and opted Fine Arts to study. Painting and Miniature were his major and minor subjects respectively. Sundeep was very fond of macro photography in his earlier days and he was drawn to small objects and chose coins to paint on a larger scale and depicted various events and memories relating to the dates on the coins in his thesis work. After completion of degree he moved to Karachi where he continued his studio practice and expanded the variety of the themes of his work and joined an art institute as art teacher, where he taught for three years. Sundeep has exhibited widely during the last few years. He has showcased his works at two solo shows, two two person shows and several group shows. He co-founded Atelier School of Art and Design in Karachi, in 2018 and teaches 16-18 year olds in order to foster them for their studies in different fields of various art universities and colleges, alongside other age groups of art enthusiasts.

Artist Statement

My work created for the show 1×1 2020, depicts a 1000 rupees currency note which is divided into three panels, titled “Left”, ”Middle” and “Right”. Each panel is displayed separately in different galleries and considered as an individual artwork. The act of breaking a triptych rule is to check the viewer’s desire of wanting to see/have the other two panels of the triptych, which can relate to the thoughts of desiring more from others in our personal lives.

 

Waseem Ahmed

Bio

Waseem Ahmed is a Pakistani artist born in Hyderabad, in 1976. He graduated (Hons.) in Miniature Painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2000. Ahmed currently lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. Ahmed hails from the generation of artists who initiated the movement of ‘contemporary miniature’ in Lahore, about fifteen years ago. In Pakistan, the traditional miniature has been a starting point for many contemporary artists who have honored the technique as cultural heritage, while reinterpreting and reinventing it in their own way. Ahmed has distinguished his work by producing creatively incisive images with innovative, stylistic, and iconographic contributions within a practice that is rigorously traditional; placing him among the most acclaimed contemporary artists of his kind. Working in a variety of sizes, Ahmed combines drawing, gouache, pigments, and gold or silver leaf on Wasli paper, his substrate of choice. At the heart of his imagery lies the human figure and the boundaries that divide humanity in relation to his own historical social context and in close connection with the conflict and displacement that tinge our time. His rich vocabulary of images often refers to mythology or history, both Eastern and Western. His work bridges our cultural heritage and the turbulence of our time. Waseem has displayed extensively solo and group shows nationally and internationally since 2001; Pakistan, USA, Switzerland, Germany, London, Belgium, Greece, Dubai, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan, Australia, Turkey, Lebanon, France. Waseem Ahmed participated in the Karachi biennale 2019 and Kathmandu Triennale 2017. He has been a part of many national and international workshops and Residency programs. His work has also been auctioned in prestigious auction houses like Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams from 2008 to date. His work is also in Private Collections of Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen London, Berlin and British Museum, London. Since 2017, he has been appointed as Nominator for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Artist Statement

The work is about the current global environmental issues. While alerting about the fragility of our vital resources, the work suggests a feeling of threat and violence. To give the awareness to save the environment for our next generation.

 

Zahra Asim

Bio

Zahra was born in 1990 in Lahore, Pakistan. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2014 and completed her Masters in Art and Design from the Beaconhouse National University Lahore, in 2019. She has participated in numerous group shows organized at various art galleries nationally and internationally. I was also a part of a residency at Sanat Initiative, Karachi in 2014 and VASL Summer Residency, Karachi in 2019. Her art is a narrative about congested spaces, which in her mind’s eye are a play of pattern like formations. She currently lives and works in Lahore.

Artist Statement

I developed a phobia of a place where I used to live in my childhood. That domestic environment was chaotic, congested and felt further suffocating with a dim yellow bulb light. Those memories of no cross ventilation and fear of not getting enough air and light still make me feel uncomfortable. Those memories are now a major concern for me as an artist. The objective is to confront my claustrophobic memories through studio strategies and turn them into nostalgic memories.

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