A brilliant exhibition of photographs of the Wazir Khan Mosque by Kulsoom Aftab, a graduate of Lahore’s National College of Arts, opens at Nomad Art Gallery today (Wednesday).
The Wazir Khan Mosque has been photographed by numerous photographers over the years, but Kulsoom has captured it from angles that provide a refreshing break from the routine images that one gets to see.
The mosque is a landmark that majestically stands some 300 metres from Delhi Gate in the walled city of Lahore. It was built in 1634-35 AD during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan by Ilamuddin Ansari, commonly known as Nawab Azir Khan, who was the governor of Lahore till 1639 AD. The façade of the mosque is adorned with beautifully coloured glazed mosaic tiles, with inlaid pottery decorations constituting a key feature of the wall panelling.
Kulsoom is a talented artist and photographer who has done justice to the mosque by capturing it as closer to reality as possible. In doing so, she has invited attention to the dilapidated condition of the mosque, which needs to be restored and preserved.
Kulsoom, who has a special penchant for decorative tiles and terra cotta products, has participated in many exhibitions. The current one will continue till June 30.