My studio practice is centered around an ancestral connection with history and archaeology. This archival research has been undertaken in ancient Tulamba which is located in southern Punjab in Pakistan. I am interested in the archaeology of works that explore personal memory of space/place, collective historical events, cultural depictions of nature in the context of present times. Revealing aspects of history, have a profound impact on our contemporary culture today. This leads us to discussions relating to how we interpret a space within its context and how context itself builds sometimes outof the “syntax”. I am interested in these aspects and research/archiving Tulamba is important for me because archaeology allows a connection with the current situation in most of today’s world.
The aim of my art practice with research remains to be psycho geographical, while the spiritual element has shifted from memory to symbols. During research and its production, new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work.
— Farrukh Adnan