Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Imran Qureshi

My work is always about the here and now.
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Violence is not a strange thing for anybody in the world.
~ Artist Imran Qureshi

In the video below, painter Imran Qureshi of Pakistan, who is known for his meticulous technique, which draws on Qureshi's deep knowledge of motifs, symbols, and ornamentation of Mughal miniature painting, talks about his artwork, its themes, and, in particular, how even the colors he chooses reflect "how things are affecting me." 

A resident of Lahore, Qureshi was a participant in 2015's 56th Venice Biennale. In 2013, Deutsche Bank named Qureshi its "Artist of the Year". Qureshi's works can be found at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art (see the video about the 2013 site-specific work, The Roof Garden Commission) and abroad in such cities as London, Berlin, Paris, and Melbourne.

Two of Qureshi's large installations, And They Still Seek Traces of Blood and This Time Where the Twin Streams of Time Begin to Merge, were on view in Paris last year and can be seen in "Idea of Landscape", continuing through April 24, at Kusten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark. 

The interviewer in the video was Roxanne Bagheshirin Laerkesen of Kunsten Museum.

My thanks to Louisiana Channel for the video link.

Imran Qureshi at Art in Embassies (U.S. Department of State), Covi-MoraGalerie Thaddaeus RopacHatje CantzIkon Gallery

Imran Qureshi in "Violence and Creation", Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and in "The Great Game", 56th Venice Biennale (2015)

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