Exhibition of Spellbinding Works
on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at 5:30 pm
the Exhibition will continue till 23 September 2015
Gallery Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily except Sundays
156, Block G, Model Town,
The artist Faiza Butt explains “New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK, marks a pivotal moment in my career. The curator Melanie Kidd wanted to span my practice retrospectively. Hence works from over a decade and a half were sourced to display my journey as an artist.
My concerns and concepts have always been of social, political and anthropological nature and the show captured that well.
Lahore being my birthplace compels my coming back to engage with the audience in a discourse. Based in West, I continue to reach out for guidance from my mentors based there.
‘Paracosm’ at the NAE, talks to wider international audience about the ideological concerns of our age. The narratives continue to filter through my lens of memory and a hybrid sense of identity. Yet the show ‘Paracosm-2’, bids to communicate with the home crowd. I hope to entice them, make them laugh…help them reflect.
In this age, where we have assumed that our misgivings are a result of ‘foreign interventions’, I hope the show will discuss our own failings and virtues.
The show consists of 20 works which includes drawings of children living in squalid poverty (yet painstakingly rendered in fine dots) remind us of the brazen social divisions. Bearded men, play with our established associations and fears. Light boxes, narrating ornate ‘macho movie titles’ such as ‘guardians of the Galaxy etc. put a pun on the ego of an imperialistic system channeled through Hollywood.
The NAE generously commissioned the central piece ‘ paracosm’ (as the show was named after). It marks a turning point in my practice as in scale, medium and ambition.
The central piece was displayed as large split cube narrating poems of Agha Shahid and Faiz. The cube refers to the aesthetics of Ka’aba, yet is adorned with secular poetry of two great poets from Pakistan. The word/text is approached like an image and is heavily ornate, bordering somewhere between macabre and desirable.
The viewers were encouraged to move in and out of the cube structure, as the complex forms of illustrated poetry demands the eye to search and decipher. The attempt is to create an iconic structure that draws from the established canon of the holy and the scared, yet re-write using the poetic codes of the humane and the secular. In ‘Paracosm 2’ the extension of the work is displayed in large scale light boxes.
The very term ‘Paracosm’ is truly reflective of my mind, where all the imagery of my work originated in great fantastical detail. I hope to sugar coat grit and jarring realities through craftsmanship and familiar deployment of beauty, to make it excess able beyond the core of arts, as those remain my ideal audience”.