'Made in China', drawing - graphite and conte on wasli, 28 x 38cm
Kishwar Kiani | Made in China
Drawing – graphite and conte on wasli, 28 x 38cm
What is a memory? How is it recalled? What are the parameters to recreate such lost and forgotten moments? Through her drawings, Kishwar navigates through moments of stillness and solace. She digs through the crevasses of her past and resurfaces with old and forgotten stories to recreate tales of laughter, recognise marks of companionship, and relive the nostalgia.
She collects objects from everyday life that people carelessly leave behind and attempts to bring new life to them through her drawings. A parcel bag, a lunch receipt, or a thrown away post-it may be the star of her work. Her meticulously drawn images of the mundane are always drawn from past memories that she often recalls. By not presenting the viewer with the real object, but rather with a meticulous recreation of it, the artist is vetting the process of recalling past events by emphasising specific details. She aims to create an intimate dialogue between the subject and the viewer, which probes the viewer to question the banality and triviality of life and of lived moments, which one brushes off or locks away in dusty photo albums.
Bachelors in Fine Arts 2007 — 2011 Fatima Jinnah Women University
Jun ’18 – ‘Thresholds’, Gonzo Unit, Thessalloniki, Greece
Dec ’17 – Onrushing 2, Gallery 6, Islamabad, Pakistan
May ’17 – Textures, Forms & Colours, Nukta Studios, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
May ’17 – The Arjumand Award 2017, Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad, Pakistan
Feb ’12 – 10th Emerging Talent 2012, VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
Nov ’12 – Winds of Change, Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan