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New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh (Works)

Selected Works

nstallation view from entrance, west and north wall: Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Lala Rukh. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Installation view toward west wall: Amna Hashmi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Installation view opposite reception desk: Amna Hashmi, Ayesha Jatoi. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Installation view, east and south wall: Nadia Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Ayesha Jatoi, Seema Nusrat, Ayesha Jatoi. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Installation view, east wall: Nadia Khawaja. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Installation view, project space: Murad Khan Mumtaz (background), Noor Ali Chagani (foreground). New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Noor Ali Chagani, Broken Walls, 2009. Terracotta Bricks, cement and wall paints (distemper), variable size. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Amna Hashimi, Hyakki Yako I, 2009. Ink and wash on paper, 6.5 x 19.5 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Ayesha Jatoi, Untitled I, 2008. Color photograph and ink on paper, 11.5 x 16.25 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Ayesha Jatoi, Untitled II, 2008. Color photograph and ink on paper, 11.5 x 16.25 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Ayesha Jatoi, Drinking Page, 2008. Pen and ink on paper, 11.5 x 16.25 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Ismet Khawaja, Look at me when I talk to you, 2007. DVD, 2:40 minutes, looped. Edition of three. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Nadia Khawaja, Drawing 24, 2009. Felt tip pen on paper, 29.5 x 43.5 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Nadia Khawaja, Drawing 23, 2009. Felt tip pen on paper, 60.5 x 104 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Nadia Khawaja, Eye Am, 2001. Digital video (DVD), 10 min (looped). New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Murad Khan Mumtaz, All Debts Public and Private, 2009. Opaque watercolor on dollar note, 2.75 x 6.25 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Murad Khan Mumtaz, Sunshine Recorder, 2009. Opaque watercolor on wasli paper, 4 x 5.5 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Murad Khan Mumtaz, Untitled, 2009. Opaque watercolor on wasli paper, 6.75 x 8.75 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Seema Nusrat, Collapsing-Rising, 2009. Leather belts, 18 x 18 x 125 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Lala Rukh, Mirror Image #1, 1997. Graphite over newsprint collaged onto graph paper, 19 x 24 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Lala Rukh, Mirror Image #2, 1997. Graphite over newsprint collaged onto graph paper, 19 x 24 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh
Lala Rukh, Mirror Image #3, 1997. Graphite over newsprint collaged onto graph paper, 19 x 24 in. New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh

Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh

New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh

January 7 - February 20, 2010

New Art from Pakistan – Noor Ali Chagani, Amna Hashmin, Ayesha Jatoi, Ismet Khawaja, Nadia Khawaja, Murad Khan Mumtaz, Seema Nusrat, Lala Rukh Press Release

Thomas Erben is pleased to present an exciting group of emerging artists from Pakistan while also including distinguished professor and activist Lala Rukh (b. 1948, Lahore), whose pared down aesthetics have influenced many of the artists and historically anchor this exhibition.

Rather than subscribing to an avant-garde strategy of contesting the past, artists in South Asia are sensitive to their histories and traditions while simultaneously advocating the thrust towards modernity. For an artist working in Pakistan, the added current sociopolitical unrest forces the question of art’s ability to respond to these external conditions.

Involved with women’s rights from the ’70s onwards, or, most recently, with the lawyers’ movement, Lala Rukh resolves these tensions in her art through a politically informed formalism. Her works on display, for example, contain two newsprint images of equal size, both pasted side by side on graph paper. One depicts the Babri Mosque, which was destroyed in 1992 by Indian fundamentalists; the other shows a Hindu temple in Pakistan torn down in an act of reciprocal violence. Using a stark formal language of cancellation, Rukh blackened the images as if to sublimate the pain of these events.

Similarly, formal interventions to distill various concerns are being used by most of the artists in this exhibition. Murad Khan Mumtaz sublimates images of explosions, some executed on one dollar bills, through their execution in the miniature tradition, whereas Noor Ali Chagani extends the same into sculptural form with his deteriorated, slogan studded brick walls. Deconstructed into it’s various constituents – wasli paper, spatial configurations and painterly techniques – Ayesha Jatoi reinvests miniature painting through a more minimalist and analytical sensibility.

Nadia Khawaja, who works in a variety of media, approaches art making from an intimate and meditative position, while Amna Hashmi draws her consciously “silly” parallel worlds in a position of geographical and cultural distance to their Manga and Art Nouveau references. From a feminist perspective, Ismet Khawaja addresses the viewer in her video “Look at me when I talk to you” with insistent urgency, whereas Seema Nusrat implies content through the use of men’s belts to construct her bodily sculpture.

All of the works included allow for a multitude of readings while individual emphasis varies from one artist to the other, ranging from feminist to more overt political or formal concerns and in some cases eschewing them altogether. Although not encyclopedic in scale, this exhibition nevertheless offers to us an insight into the most current artistic production in Pakistan, while simultaneously highlighting some of its precedents.

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