A group show of five artists including Aleena Mazher, Hira Siddiqui, Maha Rehan, Rabbiya Ilyas and Wasif Afridi was recently held at Artscene Gallery in Karachi.
Aleena Mazher’s work reflects the change, the sole constant that contours the ambiguity of life. By repeating the obvious, a significant dialogue is created with the viewer. Dividing events into frail yet profoundly real fragments, the existences of infinite possibilities are surfaced. This invites the viewer to move into a space of speculation. For the artist, the intricate presence of the human pursuit towards the indefinite lies an “organized chaos. She shows chaos in the form of women and children clustered together in a frantic manner that suggests chaos. Her characters are lost in the crowd, unaware of their surroundings and the impact of their togetherness. Beautifully shown, the chaos suggests ignorance with no sense of belonging.
In her recent work Hira Siddiqui is challenging herself to break conditioned narrative of famous images by visually amalgamating conditioned narratives. She enjoys the process of de-contextualizing images. Her practice is to extract the soul of worldwide famous paintings as she consciously and deliberately play with compositional element and placement of objects specifically their narratives to recreate them in entirely different mediums and techniques. Her work is a comment on museum quality art, which we access in different derived forms like prints of prints of prints and soft-copies, sometimes in a brilliant resolution and sometimes worst. The amalgamation of various images of famous paintings into one form creates an art chaos that she portrays through her work.
The work of Maha Rehan revolves around the emotional complexities of one’s life focusing primarily on thoughts, feelings and behaviors an individual goes through the life. Rehan presents both positive and negative emotions that weave the web of one’s life. Her stance is depicted through various stages of life that is equally challenging and unique in its own way. In her work, the artist has defined multiple stages of emotions and the effect of them on our lives.
Rabbiya Ilyas’s work portrays the odious character of the moralizing people in our society who are bamboozling around with their hypocritical miens, disguising their looks and doing immoral and disgraceful acts of shame. Focusing on the hypocrisy of religious clergy, some of them may have a misleading pious outlook to disguise their lustful true nature. She has shown the different sides of such sacrilegious and fabricated people who are bluffing us with their deceptive identities.
Wasif Afridi’s work shows an era of technology and advancement where warfare has become the easiest and common act to adopt. For him, science has progressed beyond the imagination however the subliminal disastrous effects of the same are evident. He shows the effects on both individual life and on environment through which life is becoming worse instead of better. For him, this technological advancement is chaotic.