METROPOLYPTICAL: A TALE OF A CITY
Project 88 is pleased to announce Risham Syed’s first solo in India titled METROPOLYPTICAL: A TALE OF A CITY “As I drove along the ‘ring road’ today I felt I was a complete stranger to this city that I call ‘home’. But this is the new Lahore, Lahore that will be home to millions that inhabit the new housing schemes’ very sought after new houses.
I have lived mostly in this city that traces its origins in pre‐historic myths and has seen Turkish, Mughal and British times. As the capital of a British Imperial province, the city emerged into modernity leaving its ancient walls which fortified a ‘feudal’ past. (Feudal incidentally is a term which has in recent past been the site of a deconstructive dialogue between Asian and European histories). But the modernity was itself carefully fortified by Victorians conservatism. Approved aesthetic and moral use of time and space was carefully delineated by imperial politics.
Yet again, in the last 15 years or so, with the political and security concerns in other big cities like Karachi, Lahore has seen an influx of people like never before. This has brought in money and ideas. As a result, the city has been growing along with its real estate businesses. The older Lahore has become an island with new urban quarters around.
Construction and deconstruction in present day Lahore is a curious version of post‐modernity. Connections with past are simultaneously dismissed and sought.
This present body of work seeks to frame this almost semi‐conscious activity into a conscious irony that looks hopefully to liberating connectedness beyond frames.”
Risham Syed got her Masters in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London in 1996. She was the recipient of the ABRAAJ Capital Art Prize in 2012, and was nominated for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in the same year. Her works have been exhibited at various international galleries and museums, including, Barbican Center, Concourse Gallery, London; Harris Museum, Preston ; Harris Museum, Preston; Museum of Asian Art, Fukuoka, Japan; Indo Centre of Art & Culture, New York; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel; National Gallery of Art, Islamabad and Devi Art Faoundation, Gurgaon.
Syed currently lives in Lahore, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Design, Beacon house National University.