A solo exhibition of Lubna Jehangir by the title of “Seven Queen” was recently unveiled at Ocean Art Gallery in Karachi.
Focusing on the folk tales of Sindh, Jehangir’s portraits showcase the seven queens of Sindh popular for their bravery and romance. It unfolds interesting tales of the past that talk about the true struggle of love. Known as Saat-a-Soor Myoon, these tales appear in Shah Jo Risalo. The role of these heroic women has largely influenced the Sindhi Literature. The women include Marvi, Mommal, Sohni, Sassui, Noori, Lilan and Sorath.
Through her work, she has paid tribute to these women who are part of our popular Sindhi culture and who have graced the remarkable journey of fame. In her work she has used symbolic references to relate to each woman’s predicament that led to her dismal from this world. Creating illusions with these symbols, the Saat-a-soor-myoon seems to be fascinating her to the extent that not only did it change her perspective of these folk tales, but they also send her on a journey of exploring the subject further. In this solo show she shares twenty-eight paintings; four of which are dedicated to each surmi, which represent four stage of life of each surmi. These four stages are the women, the spell-bound, the Dhamal and She Lives On.
With five solo shows and 13 group shows to her credit, Lubna Jehangir learned basics of arts and graphic design from teachers like Anna Molka, Zulqarnain Haider, Zafarullah and Khalid Saeed while completing her Masters in Graphic Designing from the Punjab University in 1987. During her formative years she drew inspiration from local geniuses of Sadequen, Shakir Ali, Colin David and the western masters such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Van Goh, Dali, Piccaso, Monet, Gustav Klimt, Warhol and many more.