ISLAMABAD: Khaas Gallery opened its doors on Saturday to a new collective exhibition of contemporary miniature artists who have challenged miniature tradition with their unique perspective.
The collective exhibition titled ‘Gentrification’ featured the works of Waseem Ahmed, Sobia Ahmed, Babar Gull, Ghulam Mohammad, Syed Hussain and Ayesha Durrani.
Starting from basic shapes and forms oscillating between lines and grid, Lahore-based artist Babar Gull has used line in his works to explore the concepts of belief, divinity and reaching somewhere from a point. to another.
“My practice in the studio has evolved. My main interest remains to explore the ways in which we challenge our coping mechanisms. While I was working, I became interested in the graphic, making compositions with the graphic. All of the work explores the potential of line as various tools,” the artist, who is a BFA from Hunerkada, told guests on opening day.
For Sobia Ahmed, the initial visual impact an artwork had on the viewer was more important than any subsequent notions he or she later conceived about the artwork.
“This is a problem because often getting an idea in your head and turning it further into a work of art is a tricky thing to do, with the resulting image often deviating from the original subject. Often the work that results in mutates into something else,” she said, adding that “over the course of my career, my goal would be to create a kind of timelessness on many levels that I believe any work of art must have if it is to gain an ounce of recognition in the art world”.
His work examined the gradual decline of ideology in Pakistan. This decline has often been attributed to Western influence and interference in the socio-political structure of Pakistan.
“Therefore, I have attempted to create an interplay between the past and the present to demonstrate how our enslavement by the British damaged and even further hindered the growth of our culture and ideology,” said Ms Ahmed, incumbent of a bachelor’s degree in miniature. painting, as well as masters in visual arts, from the National College of Arts (Lahore).
Waseem Ahmed’s works represented a state of uncertainty, a reflection on the unpredictability that was pervasive and had changed everyone’s life so abruptly, with only a vague idea of what the future held.
Waseem Ahmed in this series of works had given an insight to the audience on how they view the present by keeping the past in mind.
He studied historical imagery intensely and linked it to the present day by seeing history in its cyclical form, repeating itself over and over again. In this series of works, Mr. Ahmed had highlighted the feeling of hope and, at the same time, of disappointment. The show will run until April 9.
Posted in Dawn, March 27, 2022