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Shades of life captured in prints

October 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Oct 23: A prints exhibition, ‘Paper Cuts’, tackles discrepancies in the society and chronic dissatisfaction among individuals and tells the story of a journey of human identity and value.

The images of skeletons, of dark clouds and jumbled lines take up the entire canvases in this new three-person show at the Rohtas Gallery that opened on Tuesday evening.

Over a dozen black and white and coloured prints have been put on display for art buffs by Nadia Batool Hussain with a degree from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Sophiya Khawaja with a Masters in Fine Arts in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design and Rabeya Jalil who is a Fulbright scholar studying for a Masters in Art and Art Education at Columbia University, Teachers College in New York.

Art can take you anywhere. It took visitors, standing in front of Nadia Batool’s prints, in the artist’s dream world where she wants to control people/individuals which she cannot do in real life.

“I don’t want rationality as it ails me like a terminal disease. It is a conflict that never ends. I want magic and the joy and I want the world,” said Nadia Batool explaining her series of works.

The artist explained how she had romanticised certain situations in her life turning certain persons or heroes into beings she could control.

On the opening day of the group show, Sophiya Khawaja celebrated loneliness through her prints.

“I do this because I must,” said the artist whose four pieces were a series on alienation from the society that had developed discrepancies.

“It’s natural and it happens that sometimes people alienate themselves and the feeling of loneliness that arises from that isolation,” said Sophiya Khawaja, who was an assistant professor at Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Printing National College of Arts Rawalpindi. She has over two dozen group shows to her credit not only in the country but abroad as well.

Currently a Fulbright Scholar, Rabeya Jalil portrayed a journey of human identity and value incorporating images of rickshaws and architecture of the region.

Rabeya Jalil elaborated on becoming the perfect being or the ideal package, on appreciating things or people at face value that was an integral part of the people.

“The journey and the quest for identity continue until you become perfect and ideal product,” said Rabeya Jalil in her statement.

The display will run till November 2.