Ali Kazim: Suspended in Time

1 Jan-26 Jun 2022


This exhibition is informed by the time Ali Kazim, one of the most exciting artists working in Pakistan today, spent in the Ashmolean.

During a residency in 2019, Kazim spent days browsing through the Museum’s South Asian collection, examining several objects up close. Kazim’s engagement with the material and visual traditions – for example, how a small clay sculpture or a fingerprint can connect us, directly and viscerally, to the people who originally made and used them – encourages us in turn to reflect on how the past informs and influences the present.

Curated by Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus, Keeper of the Department of Eastern Art and Senior Curator of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art, in collaboration with the artist, the exhibition features Ashmolean objects alongside paintings, sculptures and installations by Kazim. The exhibition coincides with the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s creation.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue supported by the Elie Khouri Art Foundation.

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