Artist: Maha Ahmed, Us, 2015, 10.16 x 15.24 cm, Gouache on paper
Maha Ahmed | A Seed Once Planted | Exhibition
Curated by Mariam Neza
In collaboration with Display Gallery
Monday 18 – Friday 29 April, Library Annex at Asia House
Opening Night Reception on Monday 18 April – click here
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00 (please check with reception on 020 7307 5454 before visiting the exhibition)
Asia House is pleased to be showing a series of miniature paintings by Pakistani artist Maha Ahmed, who is currently living and working between Lahore and London.
She graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan. After receiving the Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship, she completed her postgraduate degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Much like the emergence of sand dunes, her work attempts to create order out of chaos.
It is continuously in progress, perpetually evolving. The shape and size of the dune isn’t entirely produced on its discretion; it is the direction and strength of the wind – external to its being – that acts as the decisive factor. The ephemeral nature of material is such that there is a small moment in which it can be controlled. Her intention however is to be a mediator between the medium and surface. In essence Ahmed’s work is pragmatic and practical, but her theoretical concerns lie with the constant awareness of the self in relation to the other.
Addressing the presence of another, standing on the outside, automatically exposes the self to a magnitude of interpretation and introspection. This empirical consciousness prompts the participation of an audience in her practice. She directs the viewer to question this unseen wall in both her painting and installation work. Miniature painting is amongst the richest cultural traditions that emerged at the time Mughals ruled the Indian Subcontinent. Akbar was the first Mughal patron of the arts. With Lahore as his principal residence, he commissioned numerous illustrated manuscripts that incorporate Persian, Indian and even European elements.
The launch drinks reception will be held on the evening of Monday 18 April, with a speech from the artist. For more information click here.
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