Dil To Pagal hai- a group show starring seven artists-in-residence curated by Mohammad Zeeshan

Very different from working in their respective studio and involving a lot of hard work, each artist is creating their own artistic retreat within the gallery while sharing the space with six others

By
Nadia Faisal

KARACHI: An outcome of its 4th artist residency, the latest show Opening at Sanat on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, features the works of Ahmed Javed, Arslan Farooqi, Haider Ali Naqvi, Jovita Alvares, Noman Siddiqui, Qadir Jhatial and Razin Rubin created during their four-week retreat at the gallery.

Directed by the acclaimed artist and curator Mohammad Zeeshan the works on display by the seven participating artists collectively explore and celebrate the challenging notions of creative practices away from all that is familiar and comforting.

Open to chance, error and unexpected outcomes, art residencies as an experience can cut both ways says the curator talking about the uncertainty of its results. Often enjoyable but at times a complete disaster, the challenges and rewards of being an artist-in-residence can both be great, elaborates Zeeshan who has chosen to depict the magical yet disruptive and slightly crazy nature of the experience through its title ‘Dil To Pagal hai’.

Very different from working in their respective studio and involving a lot of hard work, each artist is creating their own artistic retreat within the gallery while sharing the space with six others, explains the Zeeshan speaking of the challenges. Although not collaborative, but the works produced by the artists during the one-month residency are both site responsive and complementary to each other according to the curator.

This seven artist residency showcase by Sanat gallery is to continue till March 8th.