Contemporary art: Diverse printmakers share same sky

Display expression of unique inspirations and perceptions


Hafsah Sarfraz March 12, 2016
Printmakers from three countries display their work. PHOTOS: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Printmakers from the United Kingdom, China and Pakistan displayed their artworks at an exhibition that went on display at Satrang Gallery on Thursday.

The exhibition, “Sharing the Same Sky”, features works by Sarah Hopkins from the UK, Li Yanbo from China and Muhammad Atif Khan and Zaira Ahmad Zaka from Pakistan.

It was apparent that each artist had unique perception and inspiration which they expressed using a similar medium. While Zaka used black and white, Khan used colours for his pieces inspired by nature and the Mughals. Hopkins, who was not present at the exhibition, seemed to have been inspired by nature as well, and her work displays a mature depth.

New British High Commissioner Thomas Drew inaugurated the exhibition and said it was his first public appearance. He said he was immensely proud to be inaugurating an exhibition that brings nations closer.

Serena Hotels CEO Aziz Boolani highlighted the idea behind the gallery. “Satrang is the only gallery in Pakistan that is open 365 days a year and aims to give an opportunity to artists to showcase their talent,” he said.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Zaka, who is also the curator of the show, said her work portrays her emotions, state of mind and ideology. “I use different techniques to depict my ideology and most of my works focus on contrast between two situations and states, which gives the viewer something to compare and think over,” she said.

Khan said the Mughals have always inspired him. “In this particular exhibition I have used the medium of digital printmaking to give life to my inspiration. These works show a blend of my inspiration from the Mughals and my general admiration of nature,” he said. He said that he had participated in the Agha Khan museum’s exhibition in Toronto last year and some of the work displayed was designed for that exhibition.

Satrang Gallery Director Asma Rashid Khan said the exhibition was an effort to bring best contemporary art to the audience. “The work is diverse and comes from three different countries -- Pakistan, China and Great Britain -- and each work reflects the artist’s background and practice while promoting understanding between people and countries,” she said.

The exhibition will continue till April 5.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2016.

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