The main purpose of a group exhibition titled "Prophecies" at Sanat Gallery, Karachi was to see participating artists' "core practice interpreted in new media formats while retaining the sanctity of traditionalism visually intact". The exhibition was arranged to celebrate seventy years of art in Pakistan as the nation celebrated the seventy years of independence. During seventy years of independence our art not only enter into the modern art world but also flourished. The artists who adopted this mode of expression help themselves and others in understanding and thriving in the world's modern art era.
Our art is an amalgam of colonial heritage and sub-continental traditions. Thus our artists created unique art forms for posterity. The younger generation started to experiment and use the new modern styles according to the changes in art world over and added new styles and mode of art.
The current exhibition was all about the time's fascinating perceptions that were reflected in the participating artists' works. As Sajjad Ahmed is a visual artist whose work addresses a diverse scope of concerns about the world in his curatorial debut Sajjad wanted the group of participating artists to do the same. He wanted them to explore new dimensions and discover or rediscover whatever they like around them using found imagery and executed those images in an array of mediums like mixed-media, prints and installations and creates various expressions related to time.
Because every era has its unique art and heritage that's why that era has a different status compared to any other era. It means art and life continuously changes and evolves leaving behind its traces as the time passed away and future became present and present became past. Art is reflective of the social lives of a particular era and thus preserve that eras unique and valuable information.
Our lifestyle changes according to new inventions also affect art. A multimedia installation by Adeel Uz Zafar showed a vintage television set representing the past information age gadget that changed the lives as well as lifestyle of the people all over the world. With the advent of television the architects have to introduce living room in the home design to accommodate TV so a family can enjoy its transmissions.
Ali Kazim's two dimensional works created a movement in his paintings thus attracting a viewer for a closer look. The scattered flying particles, the earth, the sky and the cloud of dust all created an atmosphere of a thunderstorm, a hurricane nowadays common around the world thus creating a chilling sensation down the spine.
Ehsan ul Haq's work was amusing as it related animals i.e. nature to manmade objects. He presented a duck and a horse in humorous ways to show that these animals are misfit in our materialistic world where they encounter various manmade objects and react accordingly. In a way he discussed the relation of humans with nature and other artificial objects.
Muhammad Zeeshan's installation titled "Aao Picture Dekhain" consists of a desk-jet printed frame of a particular scene from a famous movie Titanic. When sequenced together in a moving image format the images transform the role of time. A nude figure of a female character from the movie, censored through juxtaposition of a yellow rubber duck created a link of the movie to the present time.
Roohi Ahmed's works depicted different patterns made by placing needles in a particular style creating a sense of relationship between time and work. Other works portrayed thread works just like looms being made by yarns at a factory that afterwards used to make cloth presented the basic materials that produce the end product thus we should not loose our roots.
Shalalae Jamil's installation was a good representation of modern communication technology. The mixture of multiple voices and images were meant for us to think about how we are now became use to talk and look to the visuals and hear the pre-recorded voices that we are now losing the experience of meeting in person with other person and hear other people directly live. The voices and images are now secondary that we see and hear in our daily lives.
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