Solo Show – Stray Reflections
STRAY REFLECTIONS DEC 23 2018 – 6 JAN 2019
SOLO SHOW BY SEHR JALIL
CURATED BY SUNDAS AZFER
“Image-art, like love – is a place that you don’t resist – it holds, seizes you for newer visions. You scratch multiple layers of RED in your surface/life to find only more RED – You erase every tone of blue only to be lost in more blue. Everyday philosophy – life – is probably a “sacred lie”, or a truth that we maneuver every minute in a day – it hangs between imitation and reflection. We filter the way we ‘live’.
These recent works are sublime conversations or poetries, a restless dialogue with the fluctuating contexts of things –
Suspended, claustrophobic or bizarrely wild, miserable and devoted about how memory – place and object are inseparable –
History, geography, politics, art, legacy, symphony – even the ant on the wall saw it happening, termite destroys, silver fish breeds, stubborn time, rewrites – overwrites – overrides – but in what order and till when?
It is a response of observation with observation…
They are more like visual poems
Bits of memory, love, loss, joy, prayer, song, desire – reflections and observations which tell me… or choose me to take them where they want to go –
“Three years ago, Sehr and I met at an exhibition opening in Islamabad. We exchanged ideas about how exhibiting at alternative spaces can change the way we look at art, particularly in the white cube. Does the art become part of the space and vice versa and how it can affect the social structure of art? A few months back, Sehr shared her new body of work and we discussed where we could show her work. After discussing several potential spaces in Lahore, we came up with the idea of Javed Manzil or currently known as Iqbal Museum.
Lahore itself is the most conscious of cities and has an extraordinary feeling of sentimentality of its glorious Mughalia past and Colonial era. Javed Manzil is a perfect blend of both from its architecture to the archives.
One feels a collective wave of nostalgia when one enters Javed Manzil i.e. personal, political and cultural nostalgia. What could be a better place to show Sehr’s work than a place where one could sense the reverence for its own past. In Sehr’s work she turns her gaze to the past, archives the narratives in our society may it be an adorable puppy of Khawaja Serra in old Lahore streets or be it the glorious moments from art history, all of it comes to you in the form of her paintings like the quieter, purer, and cleaner moments of the past”
LOCATION: JAVED MANZIL
HOUSE MUSEUM OF THE NATIONAL POET ALLAMA IQBAL
ABOUT THE SHOW/PROJECT TITLE: The title of the show was derived from a personal family archive: a personal notebook of the National Poet (Allama Iqbal) . This personal archive was also displayed in the show. Here are a few pages from the notebook:
STRAY REFLECTIONS – DISPLAY AT THE JAVED MANZIL – ALLAMA IQBAL HOUSE MUSEUM :
WORKS – STRAY REFLECTIONS:
Wherever I Go –Triptych
Mixed Media on Canvas
24 x 24 inches each
Total 72 X 24 inches
If Wishes were Dogs
Mixed Media on Bleach Card Paper
51 x 146 inches
Between Horses, Homes and Rivers
Mixed Media on Paper
Letter to Picasso
Digital Collage/Mixed Media on Paper 14×18 inches
Mixed Media on Paper 22 x 10 inches
triptych with A-4 photograph
Oil on canvas 36X48, 48X48, 48X48
Total: 132X48 inches
- EXHIBITION: REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST – Review on Sehr Jalil’s solo show STRAY REFLECTIONS, (23dec 2018 – 6th Jan 2019) at the Allama Iqbal Museum, Javed Manzil by Zohreen Murtaza – DAWN, GALLERY, 17.2. 2019.
- RUNAWAY HORSES – Review on Sehr Jalil’s solo show STRAY REFLECTIONS, (23dec 2018 – 6th Jan 2019) at the Allama Iqbal Museum, Javed Manzil by Quddus Mirza – THE NEWS, ENCORE 6.1.2019.
A special Thank You to :
Dr Rustam Khan
Dr Ayesha Pamela Rogers
Hafsa Khan and Zainab Nazir (curatorial interns)