Friday, February 7, 2014

Anila Quayyum Agha’s Installations Illustrate Dualities Using Shadows

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Anila Quayyum Agha's Installations Illustrate Dualities Using Shadows

hifructose.com - Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, the Indianapolis-based artist and educator Anila Quayyum Agha recently created the intricate installation Intersections: a richly detailed, laser-cut wooden cube that, when suspended, creates kaleidoscopic shadows on the walls of the display space. The inspiration for the piece came to Agha on a recent trip to the mosques in Alhambra, Spain. While women were excluded from the mosques and required to pray at home during her upbringing in Pakistan, in Spain she was able to appreciate the beauty of the geometric motifs that decorate the holy temples, as well as think about the mosques as a place of cross-cultural dialogue in Moorish Spain. While the patterning of the piece might be familiar to viewers from Islamic cultures, Agha explained that she took them out of their context to spark a conversation about the ambiguities and contradictions within a multi-cultural exchange.

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