Fresh from attending the US Open partnership of India's Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan, the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Ambassador HarDeep Singh Puri of India, and Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon of Pakistan are once again expected to attend together a rare public moment. We at Aicon Gallery understand that art is a powerful form of expression that constantly engages, creates, and even teases us into considering all imagined and real circumstances. Since art transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries through its universal expression, an Indian Gallery is pleased to showcase a Pakistani artist.
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Adeela Suleman's most recent body of work is a sparsely elegant suite of flattened reliefs and tableaux of interrelated elements that suggest a narrative where nature and violence intertwine in a stainless steel medium. At first sight her visual language speaks of pastoral nature: flowers, birds, trees and leaves. Yet Suleman juxtaposes these motifs with symbols of destruction: missiles and suicide jackets. These disparate elements are placed in intriguing relationships to form oddly surreal scenes, referencing the complex nature of violence in contemporary Pakistani society.
Born in Karachi in 1970, Adeela Suleman studied Sculpture at the Indus Valley School of Art. In 2009 her work was presented at the Milan Triennale and the Asia Society 'Hanging Fire' exhibition in New York. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions worldwide including the International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Bologna, Italy 2008. Her work is in major collections such as the Devi Art Foundation and the Nadar Museum in New Delhi as well as the Steelcase Collection in Milan, Italy. She currently lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan. This will be Adeela Suleman's first solo exhibition in New York.