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    Sale 7585

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    11 June 2008, South Kensington

  • Lot 52

    NUSRA LATIF QURESHI (B. 1973)

    A PARTICULAR SUITABLE PLACE - 1

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    NUSRA LATIF QURESHI (B. 1973)
    A PARTICULAR SUITABLE PLACE - 1
    signed and dated 'Nusra Latif Melbourne 2007' (on the reverse)
    mixed media on illustration board
    12 x 16 in. (29.5 x 39.6 cm.)
    Executed in 2007


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    Gathering imagery and icons from Mughal, Pahari and Rajasthani miniatures, Qureshi ironically juxtaposes these traditional motifs with symbols of power and dominance, restructuring hierarchy of scale and composition to inject new meanings into the iconography. Qureshi still preserves the laborious traditional methods of preparing the pigments and paintbrushes although she abandoned traditional wasli paper for a coarser illustration board. Fascinated by the role of British colonialism in both destroying the Mughal empire and shaping the prevailing Pakistani culture, her works break down the imagery of power inherent in these systems and recognises it, challenging its telling of history.

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