The duo exhibition of Amna Suheyl and Sana Saeed took place at O Art Gallery in Karachi.
Suheyle has grown up listening to the stories of a lost homeland. Her mother migrated from East Pakistan during the riots of 1971, from Dhaka and the lingering trauma has developed her worldview on identity, and the sense of belonging, or lack thereof. She has taken inspiration from her stories and the stories of her family to pay homage to the role of women, in war and chaos – of love, regeneration, empathy and healing. Women are the resuscitators of the consequences of men’s actions, the silent spectators to man’s discord. These heroines, as she calls them, are ordinary women that work hard to keep the balance of humanity by remedying what’s lost. She uses women from her everyday life as heroines who maintain the harmony of life through empathy and companionship.
Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Amna Suheyl graduated in Fine Arts with major in Printmaking from National College of Arts in 2017. Her thesis dealt with the themes of diaspora, migration and archival history of transience.
Suheyl continues to exhibit her work locally and internationally. Her work is part of notable collections; the National Treasury Museum’s permanent contemporary art collection in Tokyo, Japan as well as “Authentic Marks” print collection 2018. She is currently a visiting faculty at National College of Arts.
For Sana Saeed, some of the intangible marks that we leave behind are metaphorical. These remain entrenched and engraved in our memories carrying the essence of our life.
Her artistic narrative reflects on the emotional value of remembering, reminiscing the companionship that resides within those presences. Her work focuses on the uncertainty of life and “nothingness” which lies between present and past.
The memories for her remain trapped within spaces that inspire us to relive. She uses various mediums to record the presence of time which is embossed in countless surfaces. Her aim is to dig deep inside the surface of her memories and fears to develop a conversation with the audience because to her these are not just memories from the past, but visual records of the people who were once “present”.
Sana Saeed is a Lahore based visual artist who majored in painting from National College of Arts in 2017. She was awarded with ‘Principals Honors Award’ at NCA and ‘Excellence Award’ at Alhamra Young Artist Exhibiition in 2017. Sana is a member of the Artist Residency Program at Shakir Ali Museum as well. She also learnt calligraphy and film making to enhance her artistic expression.