An exciting, end-of-season exhibition of paintings by Syed Faraz Ali and Irum Khokhar, dynamic young artists who are out to make a difference, opens at the Nomad Gallery here today (Monday), with the Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan Rodolfo M Saravia performing the inauguration ritual.
“Faraz’s art reflects social responsibility and public concerns through a critique of regional politics and its link to global politics,” the gallery’s director Nageen Hyat said in her analysis.
Nageen sees radical changes in the handling of media by both artists, be it in the shape of symbolism, incisive attention to detail, or powerful thinking reflecting the imbroglio of the war against terror. “They have explored current socio-political upheavals that reflect on this region,” she said.
Faraz is a graduate of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, locally and internationally. “My work is laid in a combination of innate insanity and innate common sense. The expression does not reside in the passion which lights a face or is asserted in a violent movement. It is in my picture: in the area occupied by the body, in the space surrounding them,” he said.
Irum has done her Masters in Fine Arts from Fatima Jinnah Women’s University. Her miniature art is impressive and modern.
“Childhood is like a rainbow which appears for a short interval of time but attracts everyone. It is short-lived and leaves beautiful memories behind. I have tried to relive my childhood when I used to play games, and indulge in interesting activities,” the artist said.
“Whenever I see children playing together, I am reminded of my childhood. Activities of yesteryears are no more; today’s children are bound in home-based activities, which are detrimental to their health,” Irum said.
The exhibition will continue till June 13.