Tuesday, February 26, 2013

‘Crossing Over’ at Latitude 28

A new exhibition at New Delhi-based Latitude 28 brings together disparate works aimed at exploring new meanings, which at times tend to merge and diverge so as to create crossovers with each other on sort of irregularly chartered routes.

With common usage of vivacious visual references to images that enigmatically work around us in different multiple layers, the artists have tried to tinge this imperceptible relation between reality and art. Text, employed as visual vocabulary, can be explained or exploited by each viewer in a specific way. More the ways it can be read, the more meaningful it gets, with a hypnotic repetition we experience at times in our daily lives, as if to intensify consciousness as well as lived experiences. This lets the meanings spread globally. As it branches out, artists interested in understanding the critically global, instead of the parochial issues of genre and identity, venture to explore.

Among the participating artists are Aroosa Naz Rana, Quddus Mirza, Jamil Baloch, Muzzumil Ruheel, Ayaz Jokhio, Mahbub Shah, Sajjad Ahmed, Sabina Zaffar, Imran Ahmed Khan, Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Ali Talpur, David Alesworth and Saira Sheikh. According to the curator, Ambereen Karamat, art from Pakistan in the last two decades or so has chosen to adopt an interesting route, especially with sharp turning points clearly emerging every few years. Karamat elaborates in an accompanying statement: “Starting off with traditional art works to 'Contemporary Art in Pakistan', it covers a very broad and diverse spectrum; new terms like 'Neo- Miniature' have cropped up, mapping out the direction that Pakistani Art is leading to.

“This 'course', to me, seems to have come to an intersection, a point, where the new works being produced are effervescing, pushing through each individual's marked political peripheries. The works, born of different trajectories, have the content embedded in the many layers of their surfaces. The exhibit focuses on these new works at the point that acts as a bridge, a crossing over, to the other direction," the curator adds.

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