From Lahore To Paris – Imran Qureshi Brings The Seemingly Endless Path Of Memory To The Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Alternative Fruit
Pakistani based artist Imran Qureshi features in Paris this season with his solo exhibition titled “The Seemingly Endless Path Of Memory”. His work is founded on principles found in 16th Century Mughal miniature art. This exhibit carries with it prints and installations, each one exploring something relevant to the theme. Famous Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed has been the inspiration, indeed it was this wordsmith who penned the title of the exhibition. Since his death in 1984, his works have provided countless inspiration to many Pakistani newcomers and old hands. As the poet alludes to social and cultural issues with the underlying tension of violence, so Imran Qureshi draws on these things with his showcasing.
Exploring the infinite of the universe and spirituality through material means involves invoking symbolism and imagery that pokes holes in the fabric of perception to reveal the eternal there-after. In his prints and paintings, the use of vivid colour allows for a subtle contrast in tonality that grows and evolves across the page. Numbers, too, play an important role in the psyche of the works on display. The mystical power of pure quanta being set free to resonate through the pieces brings a new dimension of surreal and occulted thought.
With a centrepiece of a series of miniature paintings, a story is told through this ancient form of art. The Story Of Two is told through paintings of finely described trees which amazingly show unity and individualism among their branches while being embedded on self-portraits of the artist. The theme of the presence of heaven is prominent in the exhibit. Where the world is often violent and abrasive to the spirit, behind the facade of natural reality is a whole new universe of light and comfort. By appealing to the eyes and the spirit, this complete set of works by Imran Qureshi will fly a flag for Pakistan in one of the world's most sought after locations.
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