Farina Alam: My Kolachi: a series of drawings
Drawing with language and visual metaphors, Farina Alam explores the notion of place and how it bears upon Pakistan as a post-colonial nation state. Asia House hosts the complete series of "My Kolachi" in a solo show of drwings. The singular works on paper underline the link between text and image to expose recurring themes of religion, politics and conceptions of indentity in her recent work. Alam is interested in how language used in the media, highlights an immediate relationship to the image. The project is host to a series of influences picked from Arab literary symbolism, local Pakistani creaftsmaship and a play on words and poetry in Arabic, English and Urdu. As a Pakistani Alam feels the undercurrent of national political anxiety remains central to her drawings.
Farina Alam has exhibited with John Martin of London, Koel Gallery, Karachi, London Print Studios.
She obtained her BFA at Indus Scool of Art and Architecture, Karachi (1996) She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, and went on to complete her Masters in Fine Art, UCL, 2000., Alam currently lives and works in London.
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