After a hiatus of over six years, Abdul Halik Azeez returns for his second solo exhibition with Saskia Fernando Gallery. In search of the erased histories and forgotten memories that hide under the paved surfaces of the built environment, Azeez highlights the relevance of refusing to accept what is put before you, what towers in front of you and distracts you from the truth, and instead choosing to investigate reality as you would search for patterns formed by clouds in the sky. Azeez's exhibition is composed of multimodal art pieces including photographs, moving images, drawings and handmade zines, promising an interactive and thought-provoking experience.
Abdul Halik Azeez's art is inspired by his past as a citizen journalist and independent researcher focusing on hate speech and discourse, documenting the stories that go unwritten and unheard. Using social media to publish his work, Azeez ventured into photojournalism. In his first solo exhibition at Saskia Fernando Gallery, Azeez explored the chaotic pace of change in contemporary Sri Lanka – bringing attention to the plight of minorities and the residents of overlooked and ignored slums. Who is left behind in our race for development? This narrative extends into his latest exhibition – titled day dreamer you are, an exploration of the cracks in the picture-perfect image of Colombo's development.
Saskia Fernando Gallery is excited to open our doors to this exhibition on Thursday, March 25th. Join him in his exploration of what lurks under the glossy marble of development until the 22nd of April 2021 at Saskia Fernando Gallery.
Press release courtesy Saskia Fernando Gallery.