Exploring reality: Adeela Suleman depicts death on ceramic

Published: May 6, 2017
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Photos: Courtesy Gandhara Art Space

Photos: Courtesy Gandhara Art Space

Intrigued by death: The artist previously worked on a collection focusing on target killings in Karachi, in which she made birds of steel. Photos: Courtesy Gandhara Art Space Photos: Courtesy Gandhara Art Space Photos: Courtesy Gandhara Art Space

KARACHI: Usually art portrays life and its intricacies, but very rarely do we come across work that depicts, at length, the end of life.

In artist Adeela Suleman’s current work, titled ‘Fragmented Landscapes’, on display at Gandhara Art Space, she explores the idea of death.

“These [art pieces] are my series of thoughts and continuation on blood rivers, which is the same blood that gets reflected on the sky,” Suleman said.

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From some architectural arches in shape to landscape on ceramic giving signs of the loss of blood and life, the artist portrays a whole new dimension to the life lived.

Suleman said death intrigued her. In the recent past, she has made birds of steel, which was another collection taking cue from targeted killings in Karachi.

“With deaths like these, who is killing who?” questioned Suleman, adding that the targeted killings leave questions that need to be answered.

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The show includes 10 pieces of ceramic plates on display as well as an arch, which shows a 3D aspect of life.

Explaining why she has documented death in this manner, Suleman said, “Death is supposed to be the most certain thing in life. However, for us, it has become the most uncertain thing.”

The exhibition continues at Gandhara-Art Space till June end.

 

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