Beyond the Page: Contemporary Art from Pakistan

Tuesday 1st August 2006

30 September 2006 - 14 January 2007. Free admission. Beyond the Page brings eight of the most prestigious artists trained in Pakistan to Manchester Art Gallery, as part of the Festival of Muslim Cultures 2006.

Beyond the Page

Featured artists: Artists: Hamra Abbas, Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Aisha Khalid, Hasnat Mehmood, Mohammed Imran Qureshi, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Rashid Rana and Usman Saeed.

Pakistan’s new miniature art movement is experiencing a spectacular revival around the world. Inspired by the traditional art of miniature painting, the artists in Beyond the Page have created stunning contemporary work which reflects their country’s turbulent history and their feelings of national identity.

The exhibition will feature existing and new artworks created especially for Manchester Art Gallery, which will demonstrate how these artists have transformed a traditional style of painting using different media and techniques.

Melbourne-based artist Nusra Latif Qureshi will exhibit two of her beautiful collages, Passionate Beings in Flight and Familiar Desires I, combining decorative patterns, flat planes of colour and 19th century photographic images. Aisha Khalid’s Infinite Justice is a striking fabric artwork made from over a 1000 sewing needles with black and maroon silk thread, inspired by the war against terror. Hamra Abbas’ collage Please do not touch, stay out and enjoy the show combines painting, text and Islamic pattern to stunning effect. There will also be a large-scale painting by Imran Qureshi created directly onto the gallery walls and giant vinyl artworks by Nusra Latif Qureshi and Rashid Rana specially commissioned for the gallery’s glass atrium.

Also included is a piece by the late Zahoor ul Akhlaq. Widely acknowledged as one of the leading artists in Pakistan and credited with reviving the miniature movement, Akhlaq has directly influenced the younger generation of artists.

Beyond the Page is a touring exhibition conceived by Asia House in partnership with Shisha and Manchester Art Gallery. It is curated by Hammad Nasar, an independent curator who specialises in contemporary Pakistani art and is based in London.

There will be a series of events relating to Beyond the Page, including talks with the curator and selected artists, as well as poetry readings and dance workshops.
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For further information and images please contact Kim Gowland, Manchester Art Gallery, Tel 0161 235 8861 Email k.gowland@manchester.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

Beyond the Page is at Manchester Art Gallery 30 September 2006 - 14 January 2007. Admission is free. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL. Tel 0161 235 8888.
www.manchestergalleries.org

Artists Imran Qureshi and Hamra Abbas will be at Manchester Art Gallery to attend the opening of the exhibition. Please contact Kim Gowland for more information or to arrange interviews.

Images are available on the Gallery’s pictures for press website (please call Kim Gowland for details). Journalists may download a maximum of two images from the website.

There will be a publication produced to accompany this exhibition, and complimentary copies will be available from September 2006.