Satrang will showcase artwork by female artists on Wednesday

ISLAMABAD, Nov 1 (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – Nov 1, 2022): Satrang Art Gallery (SAG) and Serene Arts will feature the works of four female artists in an exhibition titled “The Spark” to be held on Wednesday. (02 November).

The group exhibition will feature the works of Aimen Manzoor, Amna Rahman, Khadijah Rehman and Zara Asgher under the banner of cultural diplomacy to promote art and artisans.

Sharing her views with APP, SAG curator Zara Khan said: “These artists used a variety of mediums including gouache and gold leaf on paper, printmaking and oil on canvas to create images that combine both figurative art and symbolism to visualize their messages. She added that the exhibit will explore the invisible energetic force and vigorous response of individuals who create a connection not only with others but also with their surroundings.

She said to take the form of attraction, comfort and companionship, sometimes a positive instinct or intuition, sometimes called an inherent sixth sense. It can also be felt as a negative reaction, a feeling of apprehension or discomfort, and a feeling of anxiety in response, the shed added.

Each of these artists has interpreted this connection in a way that suits their larger investigations of daily life and social interactions in private and public spaces, she added.

Speaking of artists, she was of the opinion that Aimen Manzoor explored in his paintings the relationship between the ordinary and the seemingly banal.

The compositions and vivid colors of his paintings distorted these otherwise simplistic or mundane scenes, drawing attention to his subjects engaged in habitual and repetitive activities. In some paintings, she set up scenes to be occupied by individuals who were missing from the frame, Zara Khan said.

About Khadijah Rehman, she said the artist explored the familiar, often family or fictional, delicate moments captured in her intricate paintings. She borrowed family photographs which she embellished with vivid patterns, minute detail, and the traditions of Persian and Mughal miniatures.

Zara Khan further stated that both Amna Rahman and Zara Asgher emphasized the careful navigation of the body, primarily the female body, within a male-centric patriarchal society.

Amna’s figures, painted in spaces she considers “safe”, are completely at ease, engaged in conversations and at ease with themselves and their surroundings.

Zara’s work explores the gendered quality of her surroundings, particularly highlighting how public spaces in Pakistan are heavily occupied by male bodies. Her drawings of repetitive patterns of bodies highlight the hierarchical structures she saw.

The works come together to create a series of encounters that the viewer can experience, interpret and absorb.

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