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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity Ocula Conversation Mandy El-Sayegh: Productive Ambiguity

Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Anila Quayyum Agha

b. 1965, Pakistan

Anila Quayyum Agha examines issues of global politics, cultural identity, mass media and gender roles in her multi-disciplinary practice. The Pakistani-American artist is best known for her immersive, large-scale light installations in which she laser-cuts elaborate patterns into three-dimensional cubes. Suspended and lit from within, the cubes cast lace-like, floor-to-ceiling shadows that completely transform the surrounding environment, alluding to the richly ornamented public spaces such as mosques that Agha was excluded from as a female growing up in Lahore.

In addition to her suspended light installations, Agha also creates wall-mounted sculptural works, including her 'Flowers' series (2018) that explores love and loss inspired by the mixed emotions she experienced following her son's wedding and mother's passing, events that happened in the same year. Although these works may appear decorative, they are imbued with meaning, from the floral patterns that express the beauty and femininity of her mother, to the metallic threads commonly used for wedding dresses in Pakistan. The visual elements collectively amplify the interplay between the matrimonial and the funereal, and by extension, the larger cycle of life.

To produce these elaborate works, Agha laser-cuts vibrantly hued encaustic paper with intricate patterns and adorns them with light-reflecting embroidery and beads. These exquisitely detailed drawings are framed within shadow boxes, allowing light to pass through the cut-outs and cast patterned shadows in a manner similar to her large-scale light installations. The framing and shadows allow these works to transcend their two-dimensionality.

Anila Quayyum Agha has an M.F.A. in fibre arts from the University of North Texas. She has exhibited her work across the globe, including in the 2018 Kansas City Biennale, curated by Dan Cameron; the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, Texas; the National Museum of Sculpture, Valladolid, Spain; and the Cheongju Craft Biennale, Korea. Her work is in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan; and the Kiran Nader Art Museum, New Delhi. In 2014, Agha was awarded the popular and juried vote at ArtPrize for her installation Intersections, a first in the history of the Grand Rapids-based competition.

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, 1965 | Lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Featured Artworks

Itinerant Shadows - White (Caged Flowers) by Anila Quayyum Agha contemporary artwork
Anila Quayyum AghaItinerant Shadows - White (Caged Flowers), 2019 White laser-cut lacquered steel & light bulbs
61 x 61 x 61 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Shimmering Mirage by Anila Quayyum Agha contemporary artwork
Anila Quayyum AghaShimmering Mirage, 2016 Lacquered steel and halogen bulb
91.4 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Ephemeral Bloom - Teal by Anila Quayyum Agha contemporary artwork
Anila Quayyum AghaEphemeral Bloom - Teal, 2017 Mixed media on paper
76.2 x 76.2 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Flowers (Three Red Squares and One White) by Anila Quayyum Agha contemporary artwork
Anila Quayyum AghaFlowers (Three Red Squares and One White), 2017 Mixed media on paper (red square with white beads in centre square; second square cutout with no backing)
75 x 75 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Flowers (Mustard Yellow) by Anila Quayyum Agha contemporary artwork
Anila Quayyum AghaFlowers (Mustard Yellow), 2017 Mixed media on paper (encaustic mustard yellow flower with gold beading)
76.2 x 56 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Flowers (Garnet Diamond) by Anila Quayyum Agha contemporary artwork
Anila Quayyum AghaFlowers (Garnet Diamond), 2017 Mixed media on paper (encaustic garnet square with clear and garnet beading)
29.5 x 29.5 cm
Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Current Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Group Show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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25 July–30 August 2019 Group Exhibition Summer Group Show Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York

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