A solo exhibition titled “Nostalgia” by Attia Rashid unveiled in March this year at Artchowk Gallery.
Her work is an exploration of nostalgia notion, offering a new interpretation to the topophilia concept, which means ‘love for a place’ with cultural and identity connotations. The artist spent her life between Pakistan and London emotionally and physically attached to both. For her, memory plays a strong role in the generation of new images. By exploring these feelings of solitude, there echoes a sense of human incompleteness in her work. The process is aesthetically translated by the production and the reelaboration of the photographs.
The artist chose to capture photographs mostly in London and some in Pakistan, successively assembled and remounted. They follow a personal memento which does not need to be realistic or coherent. Her spatial solutions indeed produce a destruction of the realistic and illusionary into the realm of reality. It is a state of mind which she shows, memories all mixed together. These memories shape into an experience of place and space over time. She portrays a world unrealistic yet made from the realistic. By the use of collage and mixed media, she marks her stylistic difference. The reinventions inspired by the interior effects of Diaspora, become a record of the transformation of her identity, where the memory bursts and recreates the existence of the everyday present.
In most of her work, the artist has layered images and incorporated to make the work emerge as a medium in its own. She has used the medium of collage in new and innovative ways, experimenting both formally and conceptually.