An exhibition of recycled paper called ‘Kurray se art banao’ unfolded at Artchowk Gallery from 7th to 14th December. The aim of the exhibition was to create awareness about recycling and minimizing waste in order to clean the city.
In an open call initiated on 14th August this year, Artchowk called the artists to create a visual impact through recycled everyday materials and get the message across. 40 artworks were chosen for the exhibition from all the entries received.
With used boxes, wrappers, plastic bottles, ash and denim jeans, the artists put together marvelous art pieces. From a deer’s portrait to State Bank Museum, Hanging Sculpture, the artists created artworks to motivate and encourage people to recycle the waste. Adil Abbas used mix media to create ‘Hanging Sculpture’ that mostly depicted decorative items created out of ribbons, old paper bags and the likes.
While Aiman Rauf decided to create beauty of nature through plastic bottles, Ali Khan opted for ‘Machismo’ creating a wood, metal, brass and light bulb installation.
Aliya Faizi used oil and mix media to convey her message. She used polythene bags and wood shavings along with oil paints.
Aliza Munim’s Sea Shells is all about depicting the pollution in our atmosphere and the sea as well. Amen Malik’s realistic approach delved into lack of decomposition and recycling facilities in Pakistan.
For Batool Zehra, burning down different things to create masterpieces through ash was the choice indeed. Likewise Faiza Khalid used expired coffee as the medium to showcase Karachi iconic structures.
In an artwork titled ‘Forever Ours’, Gabrielle Brinsmead created an abstract using wire, gold spray and kids’ toys. Using wires in an innovative way, Hafsa Urooj titled her work ‘Venom Entity’ to create a scorpion’s structure.
The students of Dawood Public School used plastic bottles to make Pakistan flag. Hina Tabbassum conveyed the message titled ‘Spare Parts’, focused on the progression of technology and its side effects.
Hureen Akram used mix media on iron and created dialogue and contrast of argument between forms and colours with the use of golden colour and barbed wire. For Kamila Shadab, old magazines and cartons were of prime significance as she carved it like a running shot of a horse.
Mehru Nisa depicted the negative approach of our society through her artwork making full use of random composition tones and variations of garbage. Mohammad Ismail’s work was all about technology that opens doors to better future. Titled as Spare Parts, his artwork is about moving forward with total faith.
Mohammad Arif used useless material like shopping bills, credit card, old currency and button and bangles to create a useful artwork. In the ‘Magic of Circle’, Rabia Dawood used old newspapers and acrylic to create useful items. Similarly Saadia Shahid used newspaper with jute and dried wood to create a sculpture as a symbol of ignorance describing a person who has no regard to garbage.
Sarawut Chtiwongpeti showed incorporated packaging mainly from food products in her artwork to represent and symbolize how things and people come together to recombine at one new location. The artwork touched upon general issues related to contemporary global mobility, everyday aesthetics and routines and cultural transformation.
Shanze Zohreh used bulb, filaments and wire to transforms a simple thing into something special. Tashfeen Majeed used computer processor chip and burned CD Rom to create imagery interpreting Mona Lisa.
The rickshaw art theme used by Unaiza Hasnain is about converting jewelry pieces into art pieces by painting on a bottle cap of a soft drink. For Urooj Khowaja, the artwork was all about comparing humans to a bottle whereby the artwork was a pure reflection of the artist’s thoughts.
Zabad Anwer’s ‘Ganday Bachay’ was a work that symbolizes the brutal reality of negligence of our society towards waste and waste collectors.
Zeenat Soomro felt strongly about art and decided to create an artwork out of papal tree roots and coconut bark. Zehra Hamdani’s work explored the intersections between life on land, water and sky; where foliage, feather and fin seem to sing the same song. Likewise Zehra Fatima used stamps, an out of trend theme just to recall our memories of connection.