Mr Sundas Azfer, UMISAA, Scholar exhibited in Alhamra Art gallery

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News Alhamra Art gallery Lahore, Pakistan - 10th September 2017

Ijtima – Spetember 6th-September 9th at Alhamra Art Gallery

 ‘IJTIMA’ (meaning, Congregation) is an Arabic word, which is derived from the word Jama; the opposite of wahid (means, Singular in English). In pre-islamic era the word was used in astronomy for the constellation of stars. The exhibition ‘Ijtima’, shows works across mediums from ten artists. The presence of one male artist in an otherwise female artists show opens new possibilities of classification and grouping in a social and political domain raising questions of power dynamics, alliances and self-identification. The discourse about gender and womanhood is often very singular and unidimensional. Socially, politically and through the eyes of media, we often engage in the making of an image regarding gender roles and representation of men and women in a clichéd and preconceived manner. This exhibition is about Re-Righting the gender image and comes from a strong urge to reflect on the prejudices in our society. The prejudice shifts shapes, positions and intensities when you are a represented minority. I believe in the last decade it has become more important than ever to talk about issues of gender, specifically, the traditions or social structures associated with different genders which are no more relevant but we as a nation are living under their burden. The exhibition will address our struggle as a society and question; what does it mean for us as to preserve these decaying values? Can we replace this value system with more relevant social structures? This “Ijtima” of artists, aims to bring the odds of the society together by binding them in a conversation with the people around them. 


South Asia Foundation Scholar Ijtima
Visitors


South Asia Foundation Scholar Ijtima
Prof Salima Hashmi, Chairperson, SAF-Pakistan with artists


South Asia Foundation Scholar Ijtima


South Asia Foundation Scholar Ijtima
Prof Salima Hashmi visiting the Art gallery

South Asia Foundation Scholar Ijtima
Vistors

South Asia Foundation Scholar Ijtima


South Asia Foundation Scholar Ijtima