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Promises to Keep (Opening Reception)

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Apexart

291 Church Street

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June 8 - July 29, 2017

Organized by Rabbya Naseer

Featuring work by:
Bani Abidi
Nilofar Akmut
Hurmat ul Ain
Naazish Attaullah
Lali Khalid
Amber Hammad
Salima Hashmi
Mehr Javed
Ayesha Jatoi
Rabbya Naseer
Zoya Siddiqui

Promises to Keep examines the close relationship between autobiography, self-portraiture, and performance in the construction and (re)presentation of "identity." Exploring the use of the artist’s body in self-representational acts of eleven female artists from Pakistan who span three generations, the exhibition looks at how self-parody, activism, nationalism, popular culture, and feminism cross paths in these enactments. Memory, history, gender, and socio-political/cultural constructs coexist within the same space when performing these self-portraits.

The works included in this exhibition explore the possibilities for proactive engagement with socio-political issues, reconfiguring the status and function of art from passivity to active agency and direct confrontation. They aim to generate a discussion about the obligations and responsibilities of belonging and do not attempt to describe themselves or bring forth a conclusive argument. Instead, these works encourage a dialogue about the definition of selfhood and its distorted reflections provided by the looking glass. The viewer is invited to join the artist, in the act of staring intently at her reflection in the mirror, while she herself fails to differentiate between the real and the reflected.

For more information, please visit: https://apexart.org/exhibitions/naseer.php

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