BRENT BIENNIAL: IMRAN QURESHI, EALING ROAD LIBRARY

Story of Two, 2019. Gouache on paper. Each Paper 32,5 x 24,5 cm (12,8 x 9,65 in). Bookbinding in fabric (open) 34,5 x 53 x 1 cm (13,58 x 20,87 x ,39 in) (close) 34,5 x 26 x 2 cm. © Imran Qureshi. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Paris • Salzburg. Photo: Charles Duprat.

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi’s commission will see a series of site-specific installations situated throughout the Library at Ealing Road, bringing his unique visual language to the public spaces of the library.

Works will include a new iteration of And They Still Seek the Traces of Blood, composed of a mountain of thousands of crumpled pieces of paper. Elsewhere in the library a series of large-scale paper works will be presented in the atrium, alongside a display of painted manuscripts that reference the art of Mughal miniatures.

Qureshi uses the formal language of miniature and abstract painting to make works that reflect upon contemporary life, as well as social, cultural and political themes.

Qureshi has been exhibiting internationally for almost twenty years and has managed to greatly expand the language of miniature painting, both in traditionally sized and crafted work and in many original variations in the form of site-specific installations, three-dimensional works, videos and paintings on paper and canvas.

His work is exemplary of a practice that combines a local background with a global outlook, artistically, socially, and politically.

Imran Qureshi lives and works in Lahore.

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Recent solo exhibitions include: “Out Of Blue”, Khatoon-i-Pakistan Government Girls School, Pakistan (2020); QUAD Gallery, Derby, UK; Corvi-Mora, London; “The Seeming Endless Path of Memory”, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (all 2019); “By the People”, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC (2018); “Two Wings To Fly, Not One”, Pakistan National Council of the Arts, National Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan (With Aisha Khalid), “And That Is How We Loved This Too - This Land”, Thaddeaus Ropac, Salzburg (both 2017). Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn; The Exchange, Penzance and Truro Cathedral, Cornwall, “Garden Within a Garden”, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, and “Where the Shadows are so Deep”, Barbican, London (all 2016).

Recent group exhibitions include: "Between the Sun and the Moon", Lahore Biennale 02, Lahore, Pakistan (2020); “Karachi Biennale 19”, Frere Hall, Karachi, Pakistan, “Forgotten Enlightenments” HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany (both 2019); “Abu Dhabi Art 2018 Beyond”, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, “Lahore Biennale 01", Lahore, Pakistan, “By the People”, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, US and “International Exhibition of Contemporary Art”, Yerevan, Armenia (all 2018).


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