Risham Syed is a Lahore-based artist who uses painting, as well as other mediums to explore difficult questions of history, sociology, politics, and post-colonial identity.
south asian artist, risham syed, women artist, Lahore-based artist, associate professor, head of the department, SVAD, BNU, Seven Seas
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Risham Syed


Medium: Painting (15″ x 18″ acrylic on canvas on board), life-size marble mantelpiece.

The very Victorian, ornate marble fireplace in The Marble Hearth represents the comfort of the traditional family unit and home. Through this, the viewer is invited to look at a painting of the Space Shuttle Discovery, taking off, which simultaneously represents the so-called advancement and destruction in modern times. I see humour and irony in this. This also point towards violence within domesticity that connects with violence of the outside world.

Installation View: Marble Hearth