Architecture-related exhibition explores complex themes of realism

‘Concrete Constellations’ depicts the architectural façades of Pakistani society.

Momina Sibtain January 19, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Rohtas Gallery exhibits Zeeshan Javed and Unum Babar in a two-person show ‘Concrete Constellations’, depicting the architectural façades of the Pakistani society.

A concrete constellation is an architect’s vision about the future, placed in a post-apocalyptic scenario.

Zeeshan Javaid a Lahore-based graduate of architecture, works with pen on paper, taking inspiration from architectural perspectives for his collection.

“I believe that life is leading us towards unresolved imagery,” comments Javaid. “We are progressing towards a highly mechanised future”.

“In my utopian vision, I used architecture as an art form to convey irrational notions and views,” said Javaid. This architecture based on new modes of structures and materials is bridging gaps between fact and fiction.

Graduating with a degree in photography from BNU in Lahore, Unum Babar works with three dimensional drawings. Commenting on her surroundings while living in Karachi, the artist was fascinated by the discoveries she made about the city, every moment of the day.

Even the banality of the urban space is different from her hometown, Lahore. Alienated by her environment, she too, was inspired by the architectural world in Karachi, where everything comes down to one point or level.

“Surprises and whispers hide in nooks and crannies of the architecture, reaching out to me with water-pipe hands and metal-grill faces,” explains Babar “The city itself is expanding endlessly, like a complicated pop-up book, its constituents held together by spider web-thin yet incredibly strong threads of connection, communication and cultural unification.”

The exhibit promises appeal for those architecturally inclined.  Opening Wednesday, the show is scheduled to run till January 24, 2011.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2011.

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