Promises to Keep

When 7 Jun 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
Where apexart
291 Church Street
New York, NY 10013
United States
Enquiry (212) 431-5270

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7, 6-8pm

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.

Rabbya Naseer is engaged in making, curating, writing, and teaching of Art. She has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from NCA, Lahore (2006) and is a 2008-2010 recipient of Fulbright scholarship for Masters in Art History, Theory and Criticism from SAIC, Chicago. Naseer’s practice is broadly concerned with exploring the parallels between Art and everyday-life and highlighting the similarities (in production, representation, reception, interpretation) between the two. She has participated in exhibitions, residencies, and conferences in Pakistan, India, USA, UK, Dubai, China, Japan, Germany, and Netherlands.

apexart’s programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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