ISLAMABAD - An exhibition aimed at generating fund for internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency opened here at My Art World on Monday.

The two-person show titled "Alfaaz" features 18 new works of Rabia Malik and Mahjabeen Atif. Both the artists are graduates of National Council of Arts, Rawalpindi.

Zara Sajid, who is curating the show, said that keeping the problem of IDPs in mind she conceived the idea of producing art that could be used for helping the people in need. "For this purpose I went to Rabia and Mahjabeen and after some discussion gave them a theme, the holy month of Ramazan, for their paintings," Sajid said.

She said that the artworks in price range between Rs30,000 to 55,000 were also available for art admirers outside Pakistan. They could easily purchase them through the gallery's online service.

The art pieces put at display are mostly oil on canvass and mixed media in bright, upbeat colours. Sajid remarked that the works could be characterised as a contemporary form of Islamic calligraphy.

Rabia Malik seems on a journey to express a different world to her audience with a variety of inspirations and hues in her fresh works. "I expand the horizons of calligraphy by interlocking the letters of the Arabic language," said Malik.

Her unique art pieces speak of her precise stroke control over brush. "It is a distinctive style that I have developed with practicing. Each letter portrays feelings and frustrations," said the artist adding, " Always in pursuit of developing my work I continue seeking new sources of inspiration."

Mahjabeen Atif who mainly employs the technique of calligraphy rather specialises in it has tried to make it different this time. She has painted letters with no sense as words but very expressive in terms of colours.

Atif remarked on her works as, "My bold alphabets say it all. I work with a flow and strong compositions."

Sajid said that the proceeds from the exhibition will be sent to IDPs through Thali, an NGO that tries to rescue food to those in need.

The exhibition will continue till august 7 from 12:00pm 6:00pm.