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Mahbub Jokhio, Nobody writes to Islam chacha! (2016). From the series As time passes in the City of the Buried. Archival print on photographic paper. 40" x 66". Edition 1/3. Courtesy of the artist.

Mahbub Jokhio, Kings Chair 2 (2016). Wood. Dimensions variable. Edition 1/5. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Kashif

Mahbub Jokhio, Portrait of an old woman at the edge of a Graveyard (2016). From the series As time passes in the City of the Buried. Archival print on photographic paper. 40" x 66". Edition 1/3. Courtesy of the artist.

Mahbub Jokhio, Checkmate! (2016). Archival print on photographic paper. 18" x 22". Edition 1/3. Courtesy of the artist.

Mahbub Jokhio’s work considers the nature of images; their claims to objectivity and ability to manipulate meaning and perception. Working in various mediums, he questions image production and reception through subjects ranging from history and religion to love and violence. These investigations often incorporate irony, dark humour and self-referential critiques that locate and decode the image’s capacity to mediate reality.

At Gasworks Mahbub will continue his inquiry into the capacity of images to deceive and their ability to ‘lie truthfully’. This investigation will consider his status as a foreign artist, as well as an insider observer/reader of images in London.

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Mahbub Jokhio lives and works in Mahrabpur. He graduated with Distinction from Beaconhouse National University in visual arts and currently teaches at National College of Arts, Lahore. Recent exhibitions include Everything Is Embedded In History, Lahore literary Festival; A Thousand Times to Moon and Back Home, IVS Gallery, Karachi (both 2015); Museum of Wasted Loves, Full Circle Gallery, Karachi (2016); and Premise of Promise, Canvas Gallery, Karachi (2017). Mahbub was recently awarded Pioneer Residency at Khushab and will participate in the 2017 Karachi Biennale.

Mahbub Jokhio’s residency is supported by the Rangoonwala Foundation and the Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust. He is hosted in the Sackler studio.