All that, which remains: Part II- Holding on
All that, which remains: Part II- Holding on

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour1

In my previously published photo essay ‘All that, which remains2 I reminisce and silently lament the death of my father, who left us in January, 2021. This brought many changes in my life. The objects used in my work are both a depiction of celebration and mourning. Such objects elicit deliberate or involuntary memories of a place, a culture, a relationship, or events of the past.

My work illustrates the void I feel of his absence especially at a time when I am about to embark on a new chapter in my life— marriage. This photographic series of my visit to a flower market represents the two major events of my life, and how my life is moving forward but time stands still for me.

In this photographic series, using digital photography I have attempted to re-visualize the memory, tracing time, grief and loss in spaces that I visit, capturing how empty my world is now. The photograph transforms the fleeting into the permanent.


  1. A verse from ‘Auguries of Innocence’ by William Blake. Source: Poets of the English Language (Viking Press, 1950)
  2. Published on the TKC website under the category of Photo Essay in January 2023 under a two-part series.

Ariba Akhlaque is a multidisciplinary artist based in Karachi, Pakistan. She graduated from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture with a Bachelor's in Fine Art in 2021. Akhlaque majored in printmaking and new media art. She has participated in group shows held at Koel Gallery, Full Circle Gallery, and Haam Gallery in Lahore in 2022. She was a part of a yearlong collaborative project titled Museum of Blue, which was conceptualized and supported by Vasl Artist Association and AIIR. The concept behind her work stems from personal grief, loss, and time. The state of bereavement is communicated through her art pieces. The main medium of the practice involves cyanotype, scanography and photography

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