A two-person show, Emblems Here, Then and Now, that features works by Amna Suheyl and Haniya Ali Athar, and a group show, Welcome to the Here-after showing works by Abdul Rehman, Quratulain Dar, Shanzey Mir and Sehrish Willayat are exhibited at VM Art Gallery.
The exhibitions will continue till 20th August 2022.
Through their unique methods of printmaking,
Emblems Here, Then and Now takes viewers through the artists’ journey of resolving and defining identities, history and self.
Welcome to the Here-after follows each artist into their imagined, recontextualized and alternate realities and histories.
Bending the linearity of time and space, the artists create
various planes of an existence that was once unknown.
Here are few glimpses of the show…
Emblems Here, Then and Now Amna Suheyl
The myriad reflections of the feminine are pivotal to Amna Suheyl’s narrative as a researcher and visual artist. Her work is inspired by her family’s matriarchal history as well as an observation of the feminine presence around her. Suheyl turns women in her daily
life into characters – heroines, who maintain the harmony of life through empathy and companionship
Haniya Ali Athar
Haniya Ali Athar’s work documents her quest of finding herself through various objects that surround her, inspire her and hold diverse meaning for her. The play of mundane and utilitarian items form the essence of her work where they are not lifeless materials but characters with human like presence.
Welcome to the Here-after
Abdul Rehman’s paintings revolve around the idea of bringing together the future and the past. Living in the age of information where technology and civilization advance every day, this series presents a futuristic tribute to the past.
The premise of Sehrish Willayat’s work
is based on the stories she heard about Jesus Christ from her mother in her childhood. Through her work, she explores her relationship with her religion, which is not only restricted to the realm of the personal but also includes fantasy
She has explored the relationship between gender and power by
creating an alternative reality.Dar draws inspiration from the culture and characters she observed while growing up in Gujranwala, Punjab.
Shanzey Mir’s work talks about a resurrected voice, rising out from the ashes, and sings of a somber tale. It revolves around the story of Simurgh, the possessor of mystical secrets; an emblem of transcendence - physical, intellectual, and spiritual.