Lahore: 10 Jan: Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Lahore has announced that Slought Foundation is pleased to announce "The Divided Self," an exhibition of video works by artists living and working in and around Lahore, Pakistan. On view in the Slought Foundation galleries from January 12-February 28, 2012, the exhibition has been organized by artist and educator Huma Mulji, and features work by Hamra Abbas, Bani Abidi, David Alesworth and Adnan Madani, Amina El-Adroos, Ismet Khawaja, Basir Mahmod, Umber Majeed, and Rashid Rana. A reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 6:30-8:30pm, with formal remarks by Huma Mulji and David Alesworth from 6:30-7:30pm.
A long history of division is made manifest in the works featured in the exhibition The Divided Self, which in turn reflects the multiple partitions and truths that have defined Pakistan's 65 year history. These include ruptured democratic rule, tensions between military and civilian government, economic and social disparity, and language and ethnic strife. Also foregrounded in the exhibition is Pakistan's physical location within South Asia versus its religious location within the Arab world, as well as issues of post-coloniality and post-post coloniality and the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. Through poignant personal, formal, and political metaphors, through humor and horror, division and dividedness become formal artistic tropes in the featured works.
This program is made possible in part through the generous support of the MFA Program in Fine Arts at PennDesign, with whom Slought is partnering in 2012 on a series of visits by international mid-career artists.
More information on www.bnu.edu.pk