"Spirit of Visual", a solo exhibition of works by Sajjad Ahmed opened recently at Sanat Gallery on December 12, 2017. This exhibit has showcased 18 pieces of work in which Ahmed has explored several mediums.
In the tumultuous times of technology that prevails and hampers artistic endevours, the execution of a simple form proves to be the strongest of the artworks. The traditional approach alters to an exaggerated tale narration through expression, visuals and installations. Often it is a dialogue between the two, an inner thought conveyed profoundly to have an everlasting impact. Here in Spirit of Visual, Sajjad Ahmed combines the contrasting paradigms which may have common grounds.
In his current series "Spirit of Visual", Sajjad Ahmed's practice has crossed the borders of a new terrain concerning his expression and enunciation of his visual language. It is a feat to bring the viewer closer and make them succumb to their emotions simply by experience. While those familiar with his practice can see the tangents of the work shooting off from his older series, the newer body does take a shift towards a more formal aspect. Similar concerns and techniques of visual manipulation still affirm the identity of Ahmed's work; his field has expanded a little more while simultaneously being reductive by nature.
In ‘A Capitalist Dream’, he delves into the context of economy and urbanization and the problems associated with it. ‘Being & Nothingness’ is a series of images that shows nature’s beauty in various forms, the sunset, clouds, ocean, and colourful geometrical patterns that suggest a strange behavior and pattern. In this series of Ahmed's works, the paradox of existence and death is unmistakable. There is a contrast of straightforward reality and ambiguous abstraction.
Sajjad Ahmed (b. 1982, Wah, Pakistan) completed his BFA from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore in 2007. He has exhibited both within Pakistan and abroad in solo as well as group exhibitions and his works are a part of museum and institutional collections in India, Italy, Russia and USA. Ahmed was the finalist of Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong in 2009.