At a recent exhibition at Art Chowk Attia Rashid displayed a very thought providing series of works titled ‘Nostalgia’ mostly in mixed media on archival print. Her paradoxical emotions were described by her “My work is an exploration of nostalgia notion, offering a new interpretation to the topophilia concept, which means ‘love for a place’ with cultural and identitarian connotations. I, who spent part of my life in Pakistan and part in United Kingdom, explore my paradoxical feelings of being physically in a place, Pakistan, while I feel emotionally in another place, London. This contradiction determinates an emotional turn where the memory plays a strong role in the generation of new images. By exploring these feelings, there echoes a sense of human incompleteness.
The process is aesthetically translated by the production and the re-elaboration of the photographs. These photographs mostly captured in London and some in Pakistan, successively assembled and re-mounted, follow a personal memento which does not need to be realistic or coherent. My spatial solutions indeed produce a destruction of the realistic and illusionary.
It is a state of mind which I show, memories all mixed together. As I travel, different places are incorporated in my work from memory. As they become memories over time and an experience of place and space. It’s a world of my memory. A world unrealistic yet made from the realistic.
By the use of collage and mixed media, I mark my stylistic difference. The reinventions inspired by the interior effects of Diaspora, become a record of the transformation of my identity, where the memory bursts and recreates the existence of the every-day present.”