An exclusive exhibition showcasing fresh graduates Ainee, Aliza Karim, Anas Abbas, Ayaz Hussain, Ehsan Usman, Haniya Athar, Ramsha Bin Nesar, Sana Khalil, Sana Mirza, Syeda Fizza Fatima and Waseem Akram from National College of Arts, Lahore and Karachi University was recently held at ArtKaam Gallery in Karachi.
This exhibition showcased 43 artworks of different medium by these young and talented fresh graduates including Miniature, Oil Paintings, Prints, Sculptures, Installations and a Solo Performance by Ayaz Hussain (Graduate of Karachi University) Kalamby Shah Abdul LatifBhittai “SUR SAMOONDI”.
Annies’ work was based on the constant reminder of civic and social issues highlighted in newspapers. Her visual research focused mainly on diverse newspapers. She shows monochrome images of newspapers hinting at the dying media.
For the artist Aliza Khan, homes are a very intimate reflection of inner selves. Every single thing, present or absent, collectively narrates a story. her work dwells upon the impact of surroundings on people and how they live affects their lives. She depicts their spaces is subtle and detail oriented at the same time. The interior spaces she chooses are meant to tell a story about the inhabitants of that place. The visual is presented to conjure up any idea the viewer wishes to interpret.
Anas Abbas’ work is about how memories capture a moment, image or scene which strikes our mind, even with the simplest of our surroundings. And those memories are not forgotten and it also relates to your emotions. It is fascinating how each individual has a different perception or an image, scene, or surrounding in their minds.
Ayaz Hussain takes inspiration from music to create his artworks. To him, music is everywhere, that can be heard from various sounds and symphonies that objects create around us. He emphasizes his message to highlight the significance of music by showcasing the sublime need to use musical instruments in our lives.
Ehsan Usman’s work is mostly the use of ballpoint pen and tea wash on archival paper. His message is about individuality that springs from humanity and submerges into the crowd. He focuses on societal divisions that create dogmas based on creed, caste and religion. His work relates to the chaos of this aftermath and its eternal influences on mankind.
To Haniya Ali Athar, human imagination is truly fascinating. She explores the visuals imbibed in ones brain from the time the person is young to the period of adaptive adulthood. She dwells on how impulses and creative drives from the decision making affect a person’s mind. Her work is a personal reflection on what it means to find oneself through various experiences. Her work revolves around the construction and deconstructive ability in the process of image making. Her prints consist of variations and monoprints created through multiple paper-thin collagraph plates.
Ramsha Bin Nesar work with detailed lines and intensive observation informed simultaneously by imagination. To her, the entire idea of "Oblique“ is to observe handy organic commodities closely and transferthe delicate lines of their wrinkled skins, textures marked on their bodies, pores and grains, forms and plains onto the bare sheet of paper. She inspires to push her audience to look more carefully at the world around them to discover and admire uniqueness and beauty in unusual places.
Sana Khalil calls herself a “chronic aesthete with a twisted imagination.” She gets enticed by the beauty that surrounds her. She finds solace in her work and often indulge in visualization that empowers her to create her work. She endeavors to represent the most eloquent objects in an oblique way.
In her work, Sana Mirza shows herself with a forced smile in all the portraits along with the elements that perhaps forced her to smile. This resonates with the society that takes from the individual the right of making their own decisions and yet expects the individual to be happy. Her portraits are reflection of the destruction of an individual’s personality as a result of societal pressure, the negative impact on the mental health due to the absence of inner peace.
Syeda Fizza Fatima describes living between the reality and the duality of something. Looking at a coin she began questioning the reality of that object. This led her to explore the reality and duality of the struggles of everyday life.
Wasim Akram paints on newspaper surfaces. He erases the original newspaper image and affixes his own painted image there and leave text in original form as it was published in the newspaper. His painting portrays a different message that varies to what the text says. His major focus is on exploring the true mentality as many a times the thought and visual varies.