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Multidisciplinary artist celebrates Pakistani roots through ‘beautiful’ art

One multidisciplinary artist has said it’s “really quite powerful” that he has teamed up with popular British institutions to celebrate his family’s Pakistani roots during South Asian Heritage Month.

sman Yousefzada has collaborated with the British Council and the V&A for the exhibition – What is Seen and What is Not – which responds to Pakistan’s 75th anniversary and examines issues such as displacement, migration and the climate crisis through a range of different artworks called “Interventions “, at various locations of the V&A.

The first intervention is located in the dome of the V&A and consists of several large-scale textile banners with abstract figures in motion, the second – a wooden structure on which objects are cast in glass, clay and wrapped in woven textiles – in the museum’s sculpture galleries.

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Osman Yousefzada’s second intervention (The British Council/PA)

The final intervention takes place in the John Madejeski Garden, which features a series of colorful charpai (a daybed found throughout South Asia) and mora stools, to which visitors are encouraged to move, into a space for “collective contemplation.” was converted to reflect displacement, as well as a ship resembling a boat, representing the fact that while Pakistan does not contribute too much to global emissions, the country is feeling the effects of it.

Mr Yousefzada, who lives in London, told the PA news agency that being part of the exhibition was “really quite powerful” and that contemporary art was “quite beautiful” because of its ability to influence people in different ways.

I think what’s really important is the history of these institutions, and I think the ability for someone like me — a working-class artist who comes from a certain background — to have conversations in those situations is really, really powerful .Osman Yousefzada

“Contemporary art could probably be more obscure than other types of art. It becomes a lot more abstract in a way, and I think the more abstract you make it, the more you can sometimes lose people and sometimes you take people with you,” he said.

“Some people might not know what art means, but I’ve seen kids in the boat, I’ve seen adults in the boat just sitting there and enjoying it, and that’s pretty nice.

“I think what’s really important is the history of these institutions, and I think the ability for someone like me — a working-class artist who comes from a certain background — to have conversations in those settings is really, really powerful .”

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Artwork by Osman Yousefzada in the John Madejeski Garden at VandA (The British Council/PA)

He added that he wants to highlight the culture of Pakistan through his art.

“The conversation I wanted to have about Pakistan is that you can’t deny everything that happened before 1947,” he said.

“You have a country that is one of the oldest civilizations known to man and these are truly part of our history and I wanted to move this conversation forward.

“My dad said if you ever forget your roots, you don’t really know who you are.”

He said the first intervention was designed to display tarot cards, and he thought it would be a “nice way to open the show.”

You have these tarot cards, just like when you migrate – you don’t really know what’s going to happen, what your life is going to be like, and then you turn over a card and you don’t know if you’re going to be successful or not,Osman Yousefzada

“You have these tarot cards, just like when you’re migrating — you don’t really know what’s going to happen, what your life is going to be like, and then you turn over a card and you don’t know if you’re going to be successful or not,” said he.

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Osman Yousefzada’s first intervention (The British Council/PA)

Skinder Hundal, Director Arts at the British Council, said: “This project is an embodiment of what the British Council and the High Commission of Pakistan aim to achieve with the New Perspectives Season – to bridge cultures, to challenge perceptions and create new narratives and Opening channels of discourse between contemporary societies in Pakistan and Britain.”

The free exhibition is open until 25 September from 10am to 5.30pm at the V&A in South Kensington, London. For more details see this link:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/multidisciplinary-artist-celebrates-pakistani-roots-through-beautiful-art-41917274.html Multidisciplinary artist celebrates Pakistani roots through ‘beautiful’ art

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