ISLAMABAD: The mixed-media works of 14 young national award winners were on display in an exhibition called The Winners, which opened at Gallery 6 on Friday.
Giving details of the works, exhibition curator Dr. Faisel Arjumand said Kiran Saleem won a top prize in 2015. His paintings depict current socio-political scenarios in a fascinating way.
Saba Zahid’s paintings depict the position of women in today’s world.
Zakir Baloch’s work, winner of a merit award, shows ordinary objects. The work of another winner, Irfan Gul Dahri, seems to draw inspiration from popular literature through which he created characters, some of whom possessed non-human attributes. His work acts as a window to another world of multiple possibilities.
Naqsh Raj’s work shows the use of mechanical and manual painting methods.
Bushra Khalid, another Merit Award winner, invokes a sense of empathy in the mind of the viewer, with a visual depiction of the impact of climate change.
The work of Javaid Iqbal Mughal touches on the hierarchy that exists between men.
Syeda Unab Sumble’s work focuses on everyday people who subtly contribute to the lives of others but remain unnoticed. “Often we don’t think about it or pay attention to it, yet every day, with muted tones of their own, they add radiant color to the canvas of society,” she said. . Careful attention to detail, mixed with diligent color schemes and hyper-realism, was enough to grab the viewer’s attention.
Samra Cheema painted directly from the tube or dry paints onto the canvas and created sensational textures. His work reflects human emotions including joy, love, sadness, motivation and attraction.
Likewise, Asghar Ali’s work shows emotions through details.
Karim’s work shows the outcome of war for human beings and nature. He used charcoal to create his artwork.
Khadija S. Akhtar, through her work, attempted to re-imagine the joy of what once was. His painting illustrated scenarios that blended the past and the present illustrating both pleasure and melancholy.
Ahsan Javaid’s work explores subjective and objective truths. Sana Iqbal, through her work, has attempted to explore how borders have been defined, their connection to the concept of the other, and the impact they have on identity as a nation and as an individual. It does this by reviewing sites that have been or have been abandoned. During the partition, many public buildings and temples were abandoned and families took refuge there. A public space in Lahore has been domesticated to accommodate a family. The inference of his current mandir series emerged from this occupation.
The exhibition was opened by Androulla Kaminara, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan and fervent supporter of emerging art.
The exhibition will continue until January 27.
Posted in Dawn, January 22, 2022