A History Of The Future, a group show featuring works by Shiblee Muneer, Noureen Rasheed, Rubab Jawaid and Muhammad Sulaman opened recently at Full Circle Gallery; All artists are trained in the miniature technique and this is visible in their work displayed in the exhibition. Here is what the artists say about their work:
My family background in traditional miniature painting and deep interest in “distorted history” reinforce my current body of work. Visually, I try to produce richly embellished artworks using the same formal methods of miniature painting that had been practiced in the Mughal courtateliers.
However, conceptually I am interested in biased beliefs of today’s society. Through my art practice I raise questions about society’s preconceived understanding of history—what and whom we worship. I combine elements of classical miniatures and contemporary imagery in ways that create ironic meanings.
At first sight, the result is hilarious but on a deeper level, I hope to create for the viewers a sense of manoeuvring through the past and present towards the future in search of truth.
The “nostalgic period “early art learning in my life echoing all the time in my Subconscious, Like a particular alphabet in easy that consistently poke our continuation to an inevitable pause to remind them, earthier for a moment or a while, we step retreat for a moment and start thinking to them and make some idealistic stories, which led year to year. I am going to work on re- contextualization through visual citation. Whenever I saw the traditional miniature paintings, I wish to be a part of that fanaticized world. Whilst i can’t go back into that period, but can enjoy the charm of that era through my artworks. So, I used to visit that historical spaces, explore the books in commemoration of them and document my pleasant moments.
I took reference from past and make a future for new world on tabletop (wasli). I call it “re---citation” in the process of transformation of a visual. Hence I used to measure and note this time through the documentation for amusement. The current body of work is based on the same sensibility in which I am tearing imagery from miniature art history (my early art learning process) that always inspired me a lot due to several reasons and idealizing them unlikely in such a socio-political way though I experience in a very cunning way that always hurt my fantasy. I can say my current work is a discussion, in between my fantasy and the consumerist war.
My work is based on the concept of embroidery and fabric. The feel of the fabric and the texture is very unique. In my point of view embroidery and the concept of doing miniature is quite similar, because both the techniques are similar to each other, they are done with delicacy and in a very intricate way. As I was a child, I used to see my mother and grandmother doing these things and I really got amazed with the stuff, but due to time I couldn’t get any time to learn this, so now as a miniature artist I brought that theme in my work not the real embroidery but I paint it now. In my recent and previous works I have been painting fabric of cross stitch, threads, embroidery and now I am painting net. The medium I am working on is gouache on handmade paper and sometimes collage also.
My work is a continuous self investigation by my surrounding. I think every person is an amalgamation of his or her appearance. Clothing is one of the most common aspects of our daily life; it is one that has a rather subtle yet important impact on our relationships with one another. I believe we all “read” clothing and grooming on a daily basis to judge the actions, thoughts, and behaviors of others. It seems that these basic necessities of life have crossed the boundaries of fulfilling their purpose and have gone beyond to affect our self-image and even our emotions. My recent body of work is about finding the identities behind clothes. My work has two elements one clothes and second essence of human body. I am also exploring the relation of clothes with human body and also with other clothes by creating an abstract factor in most casual imagery of our clothes. It is like I am creating my own overcoat by exploring different layers of our dressings in my paintings as “Ghulam Abbas” created his in his short stories. I think I am documenting that how I get influence by my surrounding and what changes occur in me due to it.