A group exhibition by five emerging artists including Batool Zehra, Mariya Rehan, Mishal Khan, Mohammad Runija and Zainab Abdul Hussain recently unveiled at ArtKaam Gallery in Karachi. These emerging artists are graduates of Karachi University and Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture.
The theme revolved around untold stories that present a unique perspective to ideas and notions. As the name suggests, the color palette provided a feeling of silence to the viewer whereby generating curiosity and the pleasure of observing.
Batool Zehra’s traditional design in ash shows a transition of time fading away. She captures the essence of nature and presents it in a monochrome thematic approach. Mariya Rehan dwells on being drowning in the deep pool of development and technology. Her work talks about destruction to nature and one's soul and the impact of materialistic and emotionless world. The element of letter and landscape in her work symbolize the dilemma of the connection that has been lost between humans. Mariya is a graduate in Fine art from University of Karachi.
Mishal Khan probes the journey of man and how different experiences and perspectives of life influence a man. She captures various moods of a man’s passage in this world.
For Mohammad Runija, dismantling mechanical and functional toys was something he did more often than playing with these toys in his childhood. It was the inquisitiveness to understanding their inner workings that lead those toys to ruins. This curiosity eventually guided him to reconstruct and create his own playful machines. These contraptions are made using local liquid dispensing objects such as Chainak (kettles) and Keip (Funnels). Various motors are added to these devices to give them distinct motion which propels them into creating paintings where the result is unknown, yet exciting.
He completed his BFA degree with a distinction from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 2017 where he specialized in sculpture and printmaking. Runija participated in the Zero hunger competition in 2016 and was one of the 21 finalists. Runija also volunteered in Karachi Biennale 2017 in the performance “The Silent Dinner” performed by Honi Ryan. He was also one of the jury members For the Art competition Held in Al-Madrasa-tus-Safiyah-tul-Burhaniya school in the year 2017. Runija has been a part of three group shows up till now. Runija uses local dispensing objects and adds motors in them, making his sculptures tools for paintings with unknown results.
Zainab captures visuals of various covered objects in her surroundings – among public and private spaces such as streets, markets and houses in Karachi. Her research in the different Muslim clothing, that are hijab, veil and Rida (Dawoodi Bohra communal attire), led her to identify the covering as a form of protection. The visuals that she has chosen are meant to connect and relate to the viewer because clothing and covering is one of the basic human necessities; it is through the cloth or ‘chaadar’ that one often seeks protection. This notion is reflected in her study of objects like vehicles and other valued material that have been covered by their owners, to shield them from any kind of external harm or damage.