Ishara Art Foundation To Launch 'Every Soiled Page' Exhibition

BY Katinka Haugnaess / Sep 13 2020 / 09:32 AM

The exhibition is home to artworks curated from the Prabhakar collection, depicting our relationship with reading and remembering as collective acts of resistance

Ishara Art Foundation To Launch 'Every Soiled Page' Exhibition

Located in Alserkal Avenue, the Ishara Art Foundation is the first permanent space dedicated to South Asian art in the Gulf region.

The non-profit organisation's upcoming exhibition, titled ‘Every Soiled Page,’ opens September 19 and will run until December 19. The featured artworks are curated from the Prabhakar collection, where the title is inspired from a verse by Faiz Ahmed Faiz written in c.1953, during his imprisonment in Montgomery Central Jail in Pakistan.

Inder Salim, Every Page Soiled, 2020, Performance-Installation, Prabhakar Collection, Photo: Harsh Kumar

Taking cue from the poem, the exhibition proposes art as a site for reverse archaeology, where materials, voices, inscriptions and testimonies produce a field of resonance for bearing witness and remembering as an act of resistance.

The show will feature paintings, drawings, prints, installation work as well as a new commission of a performance installation. This will be Ishara Art Foundation’s fourth exhibition dedicated to exploring ways in which art expands our sensitivities to witnessing and forming collective memories.

Neha Choksi, Touching Integrity (Larch) 8, 2016, Woodcut on Kozo paper, 228.6 cm x 127.3 cm, Prabhakar Collection, Photo: Anil Rane

Curated by Sabih Ahmed, the exhibition is set to feature works by artists Anju Dodiya, Astha Butail, Neha Choksi, Praneet Soi, Sunil Padwal and Inder Salim, expanding the exhibition into a space of readings, recitals, inscriptions and annotations.

Taking a silverpoint etching of an olive tree by artist Praneet Soi as a point of departure, the theme attempts to broaden the notion of bearing witness beyond the human, to the planetary dimensions of remembering.

Image: Anju Dodiya, Fountain - 2014, mixed media on printed paper, 37.4 cm x 27.3 cm, Prabhakar Collection, Image Courtesy of Anju Dodiya

As Alserkal Avenue has opened its doors to art lovers and patrons once again, make sure you don't miss out on this thought-provoking exhibition.

Every Soiled Page opens September 19 and will run until December 19 at Ishara Art Foundation.

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All Images Supplied 

Lead Image: Praneet Soi, Praneet Soi, Olive Tree IV, 2020, Silverpoint on linen, 80 cm x 80 cm, Prabhakar Collection. Image courtesy: Praneet Soi and Experimenter Gallery

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