The new eatery on the block, Signature, by Masooms has taken it up a notch by exhibiting works of local artists in its space. Sofia Ali, a start up curator, has taken it upon herself to jazz up the restaurant with quality art.
“In front of Khaas gallery we are the new kid on the block,” admitted Sofia, who previously displayed contemporary and modern art in the eatery.
“But with Ramazan halfway through, everyone feels the need to make the mood as religious as possible and therefore we have yet another calligraphy show on our hands.”
The calibre of the art is fantastic, with the walls adorned with works by Guljee, Shakil Ismail, Chitra Pritam, Zulfiqar Ali, Ahmed Khan, Tahir Bin Qallandar and Iftikhar Ahmed; however, the space is not ideal for such an exhibit. With Signature’s modern and overbearing ambiance, the calligraphy somehow overpowers the eatery’s grey wallpaper and heavy patterned couches.
But even though the space is not idyllic and takes away from the display, the exhibit, on its own, is fantastic. Some of the pieces are well-crafted and the use of mixed medium along with acrylic and oil paints provides a good mix of modern and traditional calligraphy to the show.
Apart from the Guljee pieces, the rest are priced between Rs3,500 to Rs290,000. The exhibit will continue till the end of Ramazan.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2011.