Beyond the Waters

This show features the work of Rasheed Araeen, Noorjehan Bilgrami, Usman Saeed, Sohail Zuberi, Noor Ali Chagani, Farrukh Adnan and Zeerak Ahmed, and has been curated by Amra Ali.

‘The curatorial narrative investigates the subject of water as an idea and as metaphor. Embedded in the identity of spaces, these gathering of approaches archive individual and collective histories. The gallery becomes an uneven landscape, where we meander into conversations that are acutely and humbly aware of the proximity to the ocean. These works seem bound by an idealism and freedom to speak from outside of prescribed notions, as the art is vested in the cross disciplinary. The source defies spectacle. The thought, a line, imagery, the resonance of a sound, and text celebrate a bare simplicity and converse to hold the structure. This exhibition pays tribute to Rasheed Araeen and draws upon his early paintings (1950s) of the water at Sandspit Beach and Kaemari harbor in Karachi, and other works, that became significant anchors to his later abstractions and structural formations. The curatorial aims to provide a reflective space on his ideas on water in his work (book), ‘Art Beyond Art, Eco-Aesthetics, A Manifesto for the 21st Century’ (Third Text Publications, 2010); to initiate a reading based on this interface with a new generation of artists invited from Karachi and Lahore, whose approaches embrace alternate ways of making and reading art, close to the cycles of nature and reflecting the fluidity of water.’
Amra Ali
October 2019