‘Lahore — My Love’
* Farida Batool’s hard-hitting socio-political commentary on display at Rohtas 2
Daily Times Staff Report
LAHORE: Farida Batool’s Lahore – My Love opened at Rohtas 2 on Wednesday.
The work marks a strong political and social note dealing with the current situation prevailing in the country. The artist has expressed herself through clear images and elaborate names. A painting, titled Qaum, Mulk, Sultanat (Nation, country, empire), has a satirical tone. The painting portrays a building on The Mall burnt during the February 2006 protests. The painting comments on how mobs destroy the country’s assets.
Another painting, Thandi Sarak, comments on the large number of protests the country had witnessed last year. Thandi Sarak (The Mall) was the favourite rendezvous of the protestors.
Batool has used the lenticular printing technique with mixed media on paper. She is one of only a handful of Pakistani artists who work in lenticular print.
Artist and Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Dean Salima Hashmi called the work hard-hitting. She said that the work explored violence, memories, and socio-political issues. She said Batool’s work was “an intense transformation of the artist’s ideas”.
Batool’s images are generated through personal memories and experiences that attain universality, said National College of Arts (NCA) Principal Nazish Attaullah. She said, “The destruction of disparate images makes the final outcome more potent and relevant in present times.”
Talking to Daily Times, Batool, a teacher at NCA, said her paintings consisted of her personal experiences and were her mouthpieces to comment on the country’s political situation. “As an artist, I cannot live without commenting on the current political and social situation. Yes, my work is political,” she said. The exhibition will remain open until September 6.