A group exhibition, curated by Amra Ali recently took place at Gandhara Art Gallery. The works of Adeela Suleman, Marium Agha, Ruby Chishti, Affan Baghpati and Tazeen Qayyum were on display.
In the words of the curator “From the flea markets of Brooklyn, Karachi and other cities to the homes of friends and families, the workshops, studios and factories, anonymous people are collaborators in the making of these narratives.”
The objects were placed in the gallery in such a way that a continuous dialogue was created for the audience. The ethos of the show was to relate to the space of the gallery. Ali established the relationship between imagery and objects which differ from each other but also connects to each other. The show had various subtext including
Tazeen Qayyum’s work showcases hot water bottles hanging from the ceiling. Taking the idea of using the rubber bottle as a soothing object to ease the pain of the body, she questioned several women to send their bottles to her with their own message. Her narrative is about what these women felt and responded to their emotions including pain, grief and angst.
Affan Baghpati worked around the daily objects with more emphasis on pandaans, surmadani, lota and the likes which may have been forgotten for their glory of use. These objects found in flea markets are often neglected as useless objects. Baghpati has signified their relevance and has established a link of these objects with our lives only to highlight the intricacy of its making.
Adeela Suleman showcased more than 150 swords in the form of a chandelier that replicated the likes of weeping willows. The installation has a stunning appearance with each sword used in an intricate, balanced manner. The idea behind it to show the violence and its affect on humanity.
Ruby Chishti depicted an oversized 8ft large vintage coat that depicts memories and passage of time. It is a perspective of a little girl who visualizes a protective figure through this coat. Chishti created an atmosphere by incorporating various elements such as faded jeans old clothes that presents a specific environment.
In Marium Agha’s work one can see wolf faces and meat flowing in the waters and floating in the sky. She recreates a landscape by cutting out pieces of the tapestry showcasing violence, hypocrisy and truth.
“The objects displayed in this show are not merely objects, they are art pieces and have their own narrative” – Mohammad Zeeshan, Curator and Artist.