See Indian and Pakistani art in the UAE!

Sharjah Museum to stage Trajectories show highlighting rich printing traditions
ByLauren SteadmanWednesday , 20 August 2014
Ussman Ghouri, name unknown, etching and aquatint on paper, 25.4x38cm
Ussman Ghouri, name unknown, etching and aquatint on paper, 25.4x38cm
Naiza Khan, Whirlpool, 2006, screenprint, 70x100cm
Naiza Khan, Whirlpool, 2006, screenprint, 70x100cm
Anupam Sud, Dialogue, 1984, etching on paper, 49x64cm
Anupam Sud, Dialogue, 1984, etching on paper, 49x64cm

An upcoming exhibition will introduce the rich printing traditions of the Indian subcontinent to the UAE in a first-of-its-kind event.

Trajectories: 19th-21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan highlights various styles, techniques and schools of work to the Emirates’ art lovers, providing a window tracing the development of the art form across the subcontinent within the broader context of world art history.

Both India and Pakistan share a rich legacy of sophisticated printmaking traditions, pursued over centuries, by both formally trained and self-taught masters. Printmaking is one of oldest artistic mediums in the world, with the earliest documented examples dating back to approximately 220AD, and the practice has continued unabatedly in art schools and studios to this day. A particular focus will highlight the fascinating ways in which contemporary artists from the two countries have successfully harnessed the traditional tools and techniques of the medium to create groundbreaking and cutting-edge works in which powerful metaphors make thought-provoking statements about today’s society.

The exhibition has been made possible through the generous contributions and loans of artworks from many galleries and private lenders across India, Pakistan, the UK and the UAE. Both guest curators responsible for the show are experts in their fields. Dr Paula Sengupta is an artist, academic, art critic and curator resident in Kolkata. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the College of Art, New Delhi, and an Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. In 2004, she was awarded a doctorate in the history of Indian printmaking from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.

Camilla Hadi Chaudhary, from Pakistan, meanwhile, is an independent curator living in Dubai. Camilla has a background in economics and international relations, having graduated from Boston University and Williams College, Williamstown, both in Massachusetts, USA. After stints in finance and teaching, a love of art brought about the idea of Art Chowk Gallery, which she co-founded. Having spent many years in Central and South Asia as well as the Middle East, she’s an avid collector of art from these regions today.

Trajectories: 19th-21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan is curated by Dr Paula Sengupta and Camilla Chaudhary and organised by Sharjah Art Museum, with additional logistical support provided by India’s Akar Prakar Gallery and ArtChowk Gallery in Pakistan.

INFO: Starts Wed 10 Sep. Museum opens 8am-8pm Sat-Thu, 4pm-8pm Fri, free, Sharjah Art Museum, 06 568 8222, www.sharjahmuseums.ae

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