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Sharjah Museums Department announces printmaking exhibition from the Sub-continent

September 2, 2014

SHARJAH, 2nd September, 2014 (WAM) -- The Sharjah Museums Department, SMD, has announced that "Trajectories," a 19th-21st century printmaking exhibition from India and Pakistan, will open on September 10th and run until November 20th at the Sharjah Art Museum.

The exhibition will bring India and Pakistan's shared cultural and artistic history to the U.A.E., and will highlight the various printmaking schools that have emerged from the two countries since the late19th century and into contemporary times.

Dr. Paula Sengupta, one of two exhibition curators, is an artist, academic, art critic and curator based in Calcutta, India, and the other is Camilla Hadi Chaudhary, from Karachi, Pakistan, an independent curator residing in Dubai.

Relations between India and Pakistan have always been complex, and Trajectories seeks to create bridges of dialogue and understanding through shared culture and art. The medium of printmaking has been used by the artists represented as a vehicle for conceiving imaginative vocabularies that probe the boundaries of society both historically and into the present.

The exhibition will encompass more than 120 works, and will include rare specimens of prints from the colonial period and important works by prominent artists such as Mukul Dey, Zarina Hashmi, Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq and Anwar Jelal Shemza.

The presentation will begin with a visual journey back through the pre-partition era, with an emphasis on 19th and early 20th century bazaar prints, and moves into the post-partition years, when printmakers have taken bold, experimental steps to re-interpret the very definition of the medium, producing work that is both relevant and emotionally resonant.

Commenting on the exhibition, SMD Director-General Manal Ataya said, "The U.A.E. is home to a large and thriving South Asian population, and we believe that Trajectories honours their cultural heritage. At its best, art can transcend political, linguistic, and historical borders, and we hope that this exhibition of truly thought-provoking prints from India and Pakistan will inspire dialogue between all those who visit."

Ms. Ataya went on to remark, "Both India and Pakistan are distinguished with established printmaking schools, movements, and artists and this exhibition seeks to highlight that legacy while placing them in context within the overall timeline of art history worldwide."

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Source: Emirates News Agency (WAM) (United Arab Emirates)

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