Anila Quayyum Agha:
Anila Quayyum Agha (Pakistani American), A Beautiful Despair, 2021, lacquered steel and halogen bulb, 60 x 60 x 60 in., Masterpiece Presents photos. Ben Fisher Photography, Courtesy Masterpiece London.2022.
Friday, February 24, 2023 to Sunday, April 30, 2023
Pakistani American contemporary artist Anila Quayyum Agha combines her dual experiences both in her native country and as an immigrant in the United States. She writes: "The consciousness of knowing what is markedly different about the human experience also bears the gift of knowing its core commonalities and it is these tensions and contradictions that I try to embody in my artwork. Through the use of a variety of media, from large sculptural installations to embroidered drawings I explore the deeply entwined political relationships between gender, culture, religion, our natural environment, labor and social codes. Using embroidery as a drawing medium in the flatworks or via ornately patterned light sculptures, I reveal the multiple layers resulting from the interaction of concept and process and to bridge the gap between modern materials and historical patterns of traditional oppression and domestic servitude. The conceptual ambiguity of the resulting patterns, create an interactive experience in which the onlooker's subjective experiences of alienation and belonging become part of the piece and its identity."
This exhibit was organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.