A duo exhibition featuring the works of artists Minaa Haroon and Sana Durrani recently took place at Studio Seven at Karachi.
Haroon had explored the relationship with spaces in her work as she finds them complex and integral to the evolution of human kind. Her work brings out the architectural spaces in the limelight that hint upon their historic relevance and the grandeur they stood for. Through her work, Haroon discovers the tangible and intangible layers of experiences and memories at various levels. The variation of colours and textures depect the inner spaces of the building sand are inspired by the making of wasli, use of colour, multiple perspectives and hierarchal divisions which exists in Mughal miniature paintings. The use of shapes explores the use of closed and enclosed spaces of interaction including windows and doors that become integral to the pulsating arrangement of intricate spaces.
The erect boxes of varying heights that also leaves a void in between highlights complexity of each structure. The artists has revealed the spaces that bring out specific memories of her past travels that intertwines and overlie to create a sense of belonging.
Haroon, who completed her BFA from National College of Arts, NCA and Masters in Art and Design from Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in Lahore, is currently working at the Alhamra Art Gallery in Lahore as the assistant director for fine arts.
For Sana Durrani, her work is based on her own experience of visiting old and abandoned spaces. Her aim of her work is to promote an intuitive and spiritual understanding of reality to her witness. She communicates with the lost era through spaces that are now inhibited. She disentangles the confinement of the boundaries by highlighting the existence beyond the walls. For her the occupants of an inner space influence the environment rather than the structure of the facades. Her engagement with such personal spaces has generated multiple transformative experiences which have throughout been reflected in her art practice. Through her work she questions how spaces respond to humans and how humans respond to spaces.
Sana Durrani, an artist from Lahore is trained as a Visual artist in particular but her educational background has prepared her for diverse roles with in the field of art. She has done Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. She did her Master in Fine Arts (Painting) from Punjab University, Lahore. In 2016 she received her second Master’s degree in Art and design with honors from Beacon house National University, Lahore. Her work has been exhibited in different galleries both nationally and internationally. Apart from her art practice, she is also trained as a Master trainer in Art conservation and restoration project by Danish Centre for culture and development. She is currently working as an art conservator at Lahore arts council.