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Mina Arham, World's Apart (Diptych). Pen on tracing paper, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Mina Ahram. Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Mina Ahram. Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Mina Ahram. Open Studio, Gasworks, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Mina Arham, City Afloat. Tape on paper, 106 x 137cm, 2014.
Courtesy of the artist.

Mina Arham’s drawings and paintings explore how rapid urbanization affects our interaction with cities. Her recent works, a series of ‘imagined cityscapes’, illustrate the contrast between her memories of the Lahore she grew up in and the present-day reality of a built environment that is constantly in flux. With this work Arham aims to overcome the alienation brought about by contemporary urban experience by creating a dialogue between her own recollections and representations of the city and those of the viewer.

During her residency at Gasworks, Arham produced a series of drawings that explored the current rapid development in London, placing particular emphasis on the juxtaposition of old and new architecture and differing attitudes to heritage. She also experimented with linocut printing and made a series of prints in response to the house and the local area she was staying in.

 

An interview with Mina Arham and Gasworks Curator Robert Leckie can be downloaded in the Resources section below.

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Mina Arham (born 1990) lives and works in Lahore. Recent exhibitions include Urban Landscapes, My Art World Gallery, Islamabad; Built Inn, Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore (both 2015); Perception of Silence, Art & Soul Gallery, Islamabad; and Group show, Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore (both 2014).

Mina Arham’s residency is supported by the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust and British Council Pakistan, and she is hosted in the Sackler Residency Studio.