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Humaira Abid



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SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
Contemporary Chronicles
 26th September 2005 - 7th October 2005
 Art Alive Gallery



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Statement

Images, feelings and even objects wear masks. To go under the skin of objects and make emotions tactile, my work is an exploration. I have been working in two different mediums – sculpture and miniature. This time I have tried to combine both. My work for this show is inspired by an interesting form and word ‘Istari’. Istari which means ‘an iron’ in Pakistan and ‘a woman (wife – a better woman)’ in India. As a woman my work has always been dominated by feminine issues. The miniatures I have painted revolve around the issues of ‘Istaris (women)’ and they are placed on the flat sides of ‘Istaris (irons)’ which are carved out of wood. Both compliment the same idea.

Biography

Humaira did her Graduation from the National College of Arts, Lahore, where she studied miniature painting majoring in sculpture. She has also learnt paper-making under the guidance of Shinji Tajima from Tokyo University and received training in bronze-casting at Garhi Artists Studios, India during 1997-2000. In 1995-96 she learnt painting and drawing under the guidance of Colin David and Saeed Akhtar. She was a Visiting Teacher at the National College in April 2001 and at Beaconhouse National University, SVA in 2004. She was the artist-in-residence at Garhi Artists Studios, Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi during 2004. Her solo shows include ‘Direction’ at Karachi in 2004; ‘Rose Relationships’, Islamabad in 2004 and ‘Hidden Perspectives’, Lahore in 2003. Her work has been shown in many group shows including Lahore in 2001 and 2002, Islamabad in 2002, Karachi in 2003, ‘Negotiating Borders: Contemporary Miniatures from Pakistan, Siddharta Art Gallery at Kathmandu, Nepal in 2003,‘Scope X NCA Faculty Exhibition’ in 2003 and at MGI, Mauritius in 2004. She lives and works in Lahore.


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