The recent unveiling of ‘The Five Star Show’ at O Art Space Gallery in September has attracted art aficionados. The show displayed work of Affan Baghpati, Haider Ali Naqvi, Noman Siddiqui, Rabia Farooqui and Razin Rubin.
Affan Baghpati shows a collection of discarded domestic objects re-contextualized for reconsideration. His idea is about using discarded objects that may have been once functional in Pakistani household but perhaps have lost their value, presence, and function. The artist relocates the purpose of these intriguing objects and rare finds through the notion of their design, aesthetic, form and functionality.
Haider Ali Naqvi visual content comes from the places and his life experiences. Towers, bridges, poles, pavements appear throughout his work amid forms derived from scaffolding, infrastructure, and other systems. The artist tries to unveil the beauty of structures, their purpose, sense of history, and the narratives inherent in their nature which he finds fascinating. He conceives the world as malleable and shifting with a sense of transformation pervading. Within and between the layers, contrasting points of view, graphic and photographic imagery, and textures and noise converge and diverge things begin to become something else. They are intersections of what could have been before and what might come afterward.
Noman Siddiqui’s work portrays a violent city with a vulnerable future. Through his work, he highlights and questions the metaphor of this world left behind for the generations to come. Through his work, he hints at the mayhem of luxury and violence; a child developing fascination for buying toy guns instead of books. His work shows a bullet engraved decoratively like the spoons traditionally used to feed children Guthi for their better health; balloons emblazoned with gold, silver and black, showing a promising future laddered with the weight of expectations and fading away.
Rabia Farooqui’s work aims to bring about the use of gestures and objects in everyday situations to represent conflicting thoughts and viewpoints. Object recognition plays a significant role in translating her composition. Visual representation of an object guides her to generic knowledge of that particular object. Each object, though it has one definition, will evoke a different response from different people. Similarly she portrays humans, with their body language paired with the use of gestures giving away more information than is required. She creates scenarios where the obvious presence of a conflict exists; a mere contradiction of two opposing thoughts, which are influenced by preconceived standards and views, set by society. Her work takes on a satirical approach to represent an exaggeration of conflict, distraction, opposing views.
Razin Rubin’s paintings portray the everyday stories around her. These are the stories of her of how she distracts herself with unaccompanied and alone. Through her work she seems to be documenting the day’s chores to be narrated to the onlookers. Taking inspiration from her family traditions of retelling the day’s work to the other family members, she uses the medium of painting to do so.