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January 23, 2014

Hard-hitting art by Susanne goes on display

January 23, 2014

‘Lost Life,’ an insightful, sensitive and hard-hitting collection of paintings by Susanne Husemann, opens at Nomad today (Thursday), with German Ambassador Dr. Cyril Nunn performing the opening.
“Susanne probes beneath the surface and creates her own, powerful visual perspectives on life in this volatile, culturally and historically rich region, where she has now lived for some years,” the gallery’s curator Nageen Hyat stated at the exhibition’s preview.
This is Susanne’s second solo show at Nomad. “In my work, I think about home. What is home? It is not chosen but is simply there; as with identity or authenticity, it is not something that I can deliberate,” the artist commented.
“Home is my culture, the history of art. The first step to this Vermeer series was to think about my history,” Susanne said. Vermeer, she said, is a part of our history of art, one of the most famous painters in Europe. “But what is in a picture to make them special? And what is the significance of painting?” she asked, extending her thoughts to another frontier.
Susanne’s style of painting, as described by Anil Datta in ‘The News’, can be classified as near abstract. “Even though bordering on abstraction, the faces she sketches, despite being a wee bit foggy, display profound emotions and feelings. They mirror the sensitive, profound, and poignant nature of the artist, how she reads deep into human emotions, into the human soul,” he writes.
Susanne has been living in Pakistan for about a year. She shows pictures from different series about home. The first series of ‘My Family’ focuses on the ‘burka,’ a garment which provides interest and misunderstanding around the world. Most important in this series is the picture ‘Blue Burka Band,’ which shows an Afghan girl band singing critical songs about the ‘burka.’ The other series arose in Germany. It is about home in a historical context. Jan Vermeer pictures were

the source material for this show.
Susanne’s work has been exhibited in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Bochum (Germany), Glasgow, Edinburgh (Scotland), Schwerin (Poland), New York (USA), Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi (Pakistan), and Mian Yang (China). The exhibition will continue till February 9.

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