FARIDA BATOOL (B.1970)
FARIDA BATOOL (B.1970)

Nai Reesan Shehr Lahore Diyan

Details
FARIDA BATOOL (B.1970)
Nai Reesan Shehr Lahore Diyan
lenticular print
32 1/8 x 64 1/8 in. (81.6 x 162.9 cm.)
Executed 2006; number one from an edition of three
Provenance
Aicon Gallery, New York
Literature
D. Singh, 'Whose Paradise is it Anyway', ArtIndia, Mumbai, Volume XIII, Issue I, Quarter I, 2008, p. 69 (illustrated)

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Lot Essay

Farida Batool was born and raised in Lahore. Batool received her BA in Fine Arts from National College of Arts, Lahore in 1993 alongside her contemporaries Faiza Butt, and Imran Qureshi. She received her MA in Art History and Theory (Research) from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in Australia in 2003. Her works consequently reflect this wealth of both scholarly and technical awareness

Farida Batool often works with lenticular printing, a process which gives her work a sense of dynamism, intrigue and metamorphosis. Lenticular printing is a technology in which a lenticular lens is used to produce images with an illusion of movement, change or three dimensional depth as the image is viewed from different angles. Farida Batool's lenticular works are politically charged and as such are representative of for the socio-political climate of her native Pakistan and often describe the fear many citizens endure. Having studied and practiced abroad in recent years, Batool has subsequently engaged with issues of being a part of the diaspora and the associated feelings of guilt, alienation and nostalgia for her homeland. Nai Reesan Shehr Lahore Diyan which means "there is no match for the city of Lahore", is an overt nostalgic reference to these sentiments. A girl skips in tranquil elation in the foreground on a dilapidated street. Batool's double faceted layering create a duality of perspectives, where nothing is as it first seems.
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