ISLAMABAD - Archeological remains at Taxila, Afghan refugee children, bustling markets of Rawalpindi and modernity of Islamabad are some of the inspirations portrayed by the artists through their works at an exhibition here on Thursday.
The exhibition titled ‘Five Connect’ is a collaborative endeavour of three British artists, Rose Davies, Hannah Lawson, Kara seaman and two Pakistani artists, Zaira Zaka and Atif Khan at the Satrang Gallery. Rose Davies, in some block prints, is delving into the relationship between people and places and in some monotypes merging East and West together.
“I have visited a local shopping mall but missed traditional Pakistani couture as it was packed with western dresses and designs. Here I have filled the gap,” said Davies about one of her monotypes titled ‘Paisley Breakout’ which portrays western dresses with a traditional Pakistani design (Chunri) and its awesome red, green and blue colours. “Mythic symbols of fertility, reproduction and clock-wise eternal journey of endless life, with the depicted pattern of sun is symbolic of universal architectural style still found in most of the old buildings in east and west. Flying horse on the upper right resembles with the concept of horse with the wings available in the pagan Pakistan,” explained the artist.
“The resemblance in two different times and places provided a marvelous contact which had a probable disconnect in past”, said Adnan Ali, an anthropologist and visitor at the gallery, while pointing to a reduction monotype by Hannah Lawson.
“Atif Khan’s ‘Aim’ is a social satire; blatantly depicting the imperceptible motives that lie behind every action, it is a give and take, and we are at the receiving end,” said Nadia Rahat, a teacher at National College of Arts, Rawalpindi (NCA). “Their works are vibrant, loaded with familiarity. There are billboards of Rawalpindi instead of neon signs.”