A totally sold-out solo artwork present at Pakistan Artwork Discussion board Gallery, Lahore, Farooq takes us to a ‘A secure place’ which the marginalised communities of Pakistan have created for themselves. After being part of varied group exhibits throughout Pakistan, USA, UK, and UAE the artist is again after a niche of eight years for a solo presentation. The present sheds gentle on the idea of secure areas inside a society and the vital position that they play in improvement of sub cultures.
Ahmer Farooq is a Lahore, Pakistan-based artist whose critically-acclaimed work explores the complicated nature of creating one’s sense of self inside an online of societal pressures. Farooq’s work evoke a variety of feelings whereas mirroring the sociocultural tensions felt in the present day in Pakistan. Formally, Farooq explores the connection between language and figuration by imbuing his canvases with a self-developed script of the Urdu language; language fairly actually provides type to and frames his work. Akin to the Urdu language, these relationships are wealthy in essence, complicated in building, and ever-changing. Rising out of his experiences curating artwork exhibitions, Farooq’s observe has turn out to be more and more interdisciplinary. This not solely takes the type of using quite a lot of media and mediums, but additionally incorporating fluctuations in authorship by having exterior forces contribute to the works.
Present was opened by Mr. Alfred Grannas, the German Ambassador to Pakistan. Mr. Per Albert Ilsaas, Norwegian Ambassador and Mr. William Ok. Makaneole the US Consul common had been additionally within the attendance alongside completely different international diplomats and artwork fanatic.
Difficult the homogenous view of society, ‘A Protected Area’ celebrates the ‘marginalised’. It pays homage to the areas the ‘marginalised’ carve out for themselves, each as an act of resistance in addition to a urgent want. These areas turn out to be websites of inclusion, connectivity, and celebration of who these individuals are and the lives they select to reside.
The ability imbalances in each society create a ‘self’ and the ‘different’, the place the opposite is structurally, systemically, socially excluded. Ladies, queer neighborhood, ethnic and non secular minorities usually turn out to be these ‘marginalised’ teams, whose realities are demarcated, amongst others methods, by a scarcity of areas, making it tough to maneuver, reside freely and combine in society.
The artist hopes that as artwork lovers, collectors, curators we will bear witness to those largely unseen and sometimes hidden areas and lives. In acknowledging and appreciating range, ‘A Protected Area’ itself is a web site of celebration, better empathy and inclusivity.
The artist had 17 Work, 1 sculpture and 1 digital artwork at show. The artist used shiny colors and varied textures on the canvases to representing the celebration and significance of such areas within the society. There are wealthy layers of which means to the work on show, with the artist self-developed distinctive fashion of Urdu script working thought the bigger works showing to nod in the direction of sub tradition of marginalized communities. There are patterns and hues that carry symbolic which means of feelings which member of such communities categorical when at such safe locations. Farooqs immense skill to make use of the contrasting colors and to make use of daring colors to make an announcement is praiseworthy. Not simply that, he makes use of varied textures to invoke response in viewer. The artworks translate the feelings, feeling and expression of pleasure such secure areas carry to the marginalised neighborhood to a really highly effective visible device. In so doing, it opposes an ideology that sees society as flat, monotone and equal.