Farrah’s miniatures focus on illiteracy, corruption

‘Waqt K Sath Sath,’ is the title of an interesting exhibition of miniature paintings currently on display at Nomad. The paintings have been made by Farrah Adnan, an associate professor in the department of architecture and design of the Comsats Institute of Information Technology.

High rate of female illiteracy in Pakistan is one of the major concerns in Farrah’s work. Other than that, she reacts to the incompetence and corruption of the country’s politicians, by comparing them with marionettes. In her opinion, they only act according to their puppet masters who are in reality the superpowers and the ones who pull the strings of the nation’s destiny.

Farrah has a marked penchant for beautiful paper. Many of her images are painted on a specially treated ‘wasli’ (handmade layered paper used by miniature artists). She applies decorative papers as the last layer of the painting subsurface or creates the so-called marble effect over it. The structure of these papers becomes a part of the composed scene, like the formation of a landscape or a decorative frame for the central composition, ostensibly hinting at the historical illuminated border. Instead of filling the entire composition field with her painting, Farrah chooses to depict small, independent motifs. The pattern of the decorative painting surface connects and integrates then into the typically dense character. At first sight, her work appears rather conventional due to these formal characters, but exploring the pictures more carefully, a realm of remarkable symbols such as a tree or a pearl, reveals itself.

With their help, Farrah addresses the most critical issues of our age. Farah graduated with honours from the department of fine arts of the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 1999. Her international exposure as an artist took her to the United Kingdom, Austria, Bahrain, Greece, and Iran. Even at home, she has widely exhibited her work in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Jamshoro. She was invited for the ‘Artist in Residence Programme’ by the Austraian Federal Chancellery in 2006, and was also an artist in residence at ‘The Art House,’ in Yorkshire, UK, in 2009. The same year, she won the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Visiting Fellowship Programme as well. The exhibition will continue till January 2.

Some of her work::

Source: THE NEWS

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