Creating art is not merely associated with individuality anymore. Hence, the latest exhibition at Satrang Art Gallery has brought forth a new concept of collaborative work. Hazy Opposition/Silent Resilience opened on 15th December, 2016, and includes the works of two eminent female artists, Anjum Alix Noon and Shireen Ikramullah. The exchange of visual discourse here resembles a conversation between two people, except in this case the words have been replaced by images. This process enables both artists to share their ideas in a playful yet thought-provoking manner, as well as respond to them in unique ways.
The two artists had been planning this exhibition in collaboration with Satrang Gallery for quite some time. The entire collection has been created under the same notion of collaborative work, producing some amazing results. Anjum Alix Noon works with text, phrases, semiotics and motifs, while Shireen Ikramullah interprets simple acts such as walking, talking, and celebrating. Although they have distinct approaches, their artworks come together wonderfully on the canvas. “In the course of merging, the work comes into its own – it could be mine, but it’s not quite mine.” Anjum Alix Noon comments on the idea of collaborative art.
Thinking beyond the individual existence of objects and depicting how they are all interconnected is the crux of the collaboration. The vibrant colour palette reminds one of the pop art era, while the style of painting replicates abstract expressionism. Various art movements have been intermingled in the artworks, indicating the evolution of art over time, and how diverse styles can be made to complement one another.
French writer Martine Jauréguiberry has contributed a poem to the artworks, which is also on display. Moreover, the philosophy of both artists has been analyzed by Dr. Benoit Tallec, a neuropsychiatrist who has lived in Pakistan for several years, and Sarah Ali Bakhtiar who is a Pakistani scholar and visual artist. This approach not only revives the tradition of merging art with literature, but has also added a written form for the viewers to enjoy.
Satrang Art Gallery has always taken a lead role in endorsing contemporary art practice and innovative ideas. The concept of collaborative art exhibitions is still quite new in the twin cities. Hence, the current exhibition acts not only as a source of visual appeal, but also provides artistic exposure to the Islamabad audience. The artworks have been highly appreciated for their originality and skillful implementation of a novel concept.
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