A solo show by Rida Kazmi unveiled at Artciti on 14th August showing her patriotic zeal. The artist Kazmi showcased her work that featured images of 1947, creation of Pakistan.
Her aim was to pay homage to the nation and also offer a hope for a prosperous and independent future! This specific event unfolded anxiety, pain, loss, death and sacrifice all of which became the necessary ingredients for this hope. Using acrylic as her medium, and using bold colors to express emotions Kazmi had been able to portray the event of birth of our nation in a very intense manner which truly depicts the feelings of that time.
She presented a mix of an emotional turmoil in her paintings. Most of her work is in monochrome that communicates purity and explores the tranquility of total abstraction. In her artworks, she recreates a sense of dissolution and misery imbibed in historical relevance. Her paintings are simple with minimal use of colour to shift the focus on the message itself which is sacred to many.
The heart wrenching images showcase women and men in their old age struggling for their identity. Interestingly crowd is shown moving in a direction with hope in their eyes. Some of her work also showcases trains and platforms that relate to actual incidences at the time of partition. Here she portrays a sense of helplessness coupled with sacrifice that many gave in the form of their lives, material things and leaving relationships behind. The pictures of the Father of the Nation are shown with bright colours of orange and yellow that are symbolic to hope and inspiration for a better tomorrow. She uses quotes, images of great leaders and newspaper headlines in her artwork to provoke historic significance. Her work comes across as mature and full of patriotic theme.
Rida completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Center of Excellence in Art and Design at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, Hyderabad. She is also a member of International Watercolor Society (IWS) Pakistan. She has participated in many national and international watercolor events.