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The Rule is Love

Known widely as Rumi, Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (1207-1273) is one of history's most celebrated poets and Islamic figures. As an institution constantly seeking to make connections between historical Islamic art and modern life, it is natural that the Aga…

Occupying Space and Filling the Silence – Being and Belonging: Contemporary Women Artists from the Islamic World and Beyond

Historically speaking, the art world has almost always been characterised by a gaping absence in regards to the voices of women artists, even more so with women artists originating from the Global South. Even in the twenty-first century, in spite…

Not a Child’s Play

I remember a conversation between Rabeya Jalil and I, about one of the earlier reviews I had written on her show. It happened several years ago when I just began art writing. I also remember how she took note of…

Musings- Tales from the Family Album

When we think of allegories or stories, we often envision epic heroes embarking on mythical quests to distant lands. Rarely do we consider the mundane aspects of domestic life— especially those related to social values— as the central narrative. Allegories…

Is Blue Simply the Warmest Colour?

The striking monumentality of NS Harsha’s promethean of an artwork, Andhar Bahar (2023), is hard to miss when one visits Kiran Nadar Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Prussian Blue. In the artist’s characterful employment of black and blue colours, we…

Extended Bodies & The Metaphysical

The twenty first century witnesses’ significant expansion in the study of human cognition, encompassing psychology and linguistics as interdisciplinary spheres of cognitive science; shedding light on the intricate mechanisms that underlie the processing of information, revealing how our minds decode…

Chromatic Configurations: Color and character in Moeen Faruqi’s Art

Moeen Faruqi is an artist-storyteller. His work in Continuum may be seen as the latest volume in a series of recurring tales that serve as pictorial windows into his psyche. The decidedly expressionist style and whimsical content of Faruqi’s painting…

Character in Abandonment

The expression “alternative space” has been used since the early 1970s. It was coined by Brian O’ Doherty, a conceptual artist also known under the name of Patrick Ireland. 1 In view, there is something deeply fascinating yet unnerving about…

Rasheed Araeen: Equitable Politics

Acclaimed Pakistani Artist Rasheed Araeen, best known for his contemporary sculptural lattices, exhibited simultaneously and consecutively in three different locations in London in the month of July 2023 including the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. The other two sites, at…

Mediating on Paper: Unravelling Tazeen Qayyum’s Artistic Tapestry

Tazeen Qayyum is a contemporary neo-miniaturist trained from National College of Arts (NCA) primarily in the South Asian and Persian techniques of painting. She is a Canadian Pakistani artist who has received many critical reviews in prestigious issues, such as…

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