“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow their vision wherever it takes them”, John F. Kennedy.
Such was the theme around an exquisite art exhibition called ‘Heritage’ held at the Abu Dhabi Art Hub Café, a collaborative effort by three uniquely creative, experimental and distinguished artists from Pakistan. The three artists Abeera Attique, Naureen Usmani and Samina Mumtaz, are mainly inspired by the mystic visual impact that Islamic art creates not only to its audiences but also towards its creator. Islamic art has its own distinctive culture with a unique artistic language. There is no doubt that the art created on varied surfaces using multiple mediums to play justice to its already unique and complex geometrical designs, intricate patterns finds its own silent voice in the hearts of its admirers.
The exhibition ‘Heritage’ is such a collection of art pieces and sculptured art inspired by Islamic art from around the world and reliving the times of Ancient Mughal art.
The exhibition is displaying ethereal and poetic textual works inspired by Abeera’s personal journey of finding her true voice through her religion, its effect on her social mindset and her narration through Quranic Ayahs in the form of Calligraphy floating over a background of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Abeera is known for her imagination, use of vibrant colours innovatively layered out delicately speaks of her own sensitivity and moods. Abeera has also tried to depict her religious journey through the voice and steadiness of a living creature. She finds solace and beauty of her cultural heritage in horses which she has tried to show within her paintings at the exhibit.
However, Naureen’s work is more modern bridging the gap between abstract and figurative art. It is inspired by miniature art during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and Akbar when art and architecture flourished across the Muslim conquered regions. Naureen’s work has the same techniques used in those ancient times intricately showcasing the beauty of the princess (Shahzadi) laden with her jewelry in the form of miniatures smaller than the size of a thumbnail. Her work talks volumes on the intricacy of using this technique, and the beauty lies in steadily working over a span of 3 months to create an art piece using a single art brush.
Samina, on the other hand, is a sculptor and finds her unique signature in the cultural heritage which is inherited from our ancestors as mentioned by her. It is also like a classical melodious history story narrated in digital form. On her own personal mission to save her heritage, she has in a way romanticized with the traditional form of art by working with wood and stone to show her heritage to the world. She has used wooden, ceramic reliefs to capture the essence of figures, domes, and arches from the Mughal era. Her story is more of a mixed medium of using digital art, wood, and ceramics used traditionally to tell historical tales.
The Exhibition was inaugurated by the Secretary General of “The Khalifa Award for Education” – Mrs. Amal Al Afifi. It was successfully on display at the Art Hub in Abu Dhabi from April 16 – April 23, 2016. It will then be moved to the Delma Mall Abu Dhabi until April 30, 2016.