• Prime Time for New Media

      Wednesday, 9 February 2011 20:27

      When it seemed that television was about to end, an end it supposedly met in the onslaught of interactive media and their splitting up of large, homogenous audiences through the proliferation of small, constantly connected screens, it may just emerge again. And so it does: a medium has been created in the white cube through […]

    • Bridging Lands With Pen

      Wednesday, 9 February 2011 15:33

      In the summer of 2009, inspired by a cultural exchange program with the Caucasus, I traveled by land from Zurich to Baku and back. My objective was to document the journey with pen on paper. Though the culture exchange eventually did fail, the experience was intoxicating for my pen and I. The drawings capture the […]

    • Kiribati Time

      Tuesday, 8 February 2011 16:51

      Zigzagging across the waters of the Pacific Ocean, the International Date Line (IDL) is the imaginary line on the earth that separates two consecutive calendar days and indicates the boundary line between “today” and “tomorrow.” Despite its name, the precise location of the IDL is not fixed by any international law, treaty, or agreement. Even […]

    • An Imaginarium for Grown-Ups

      Monday, 7 February 2011 15:15

      My current series Fallen explores images of childhood perspectives, in which distortions of scale display a dreamy and surrealistic quality. Once familiar landscapes take on an ethereal quality, they evoke a sense of fear and wonder. Some images in the series create a dark tension and others, an uplifting magical realism—both reminiscent of a mythological […]

    • Pipe Dreams

      Friday, 4 February 2011 15:18

      In one of my daytime dreams, I was climbing up the biggest minaret. Darkness appeared everywhere. There were smelly ivies. There were women, too—their size like a cup, their hands on their belly. I was walking up the stairs of the minaret beside them. I kept walking, and more women appeared. There were so many […]

    • Familial Farewell

      Thursday, 3 February 2011 15:05

      When I first saw Dorte and Villy standing at the bar in matching red anoraks I was at a crossroads in my life, also in relationship to photography. The book 3×1 marked a major departure in my work, where the social realism of previous projects was superseded by the universal and familiar. The intimacy, banality, […]

    • Tainted Heroes and Accepted Villains

      Wednesday, 2 February 2011 15:07

      I was born and raised in the land of lovers and Sufi poets (Punjab); love and spirituality are in my bones. It is interesting how the environment plays a role in shaping one’s concerns. The impact of early days of democracy, then 11 dark years of dictatorship followed by occasional glimpses of elected governments, and […]

    • Scraps of Appalachia

      Tuesday, 1 February 2011 16:55

      Appalachia has been the smoky base flavor of my work even as I’ve lived in New York City, Florida, Hawaii, and Arizona. Living now in my family hometown in Bristol, Tennessee, I look to my roots directly. I am troubled by the artistic gentrification that would rob me of a heritage. Because I’ve come to think that a voice […]

    • Making a Meal Out of a Cubist Still Life

      Monday, 31 January 2011 15:38

      “There has been nothing new in art since 1915” was something that I blurted out to an art professor 21 years ago at a party. It turned out to be an awkward conversation stopper, and obviously untrue in terms of art history. I was only trying to get across that the seeds of most of […]

    • Everything Is Vanity

      Friday, 28 January 2011 15:39

      Water, for me, is a place to research. Primordial water is the birthplace of works of art. Everything originated from small organisms that float in the waters, which were once transformed, not only in our imagination, into fantastic beings, like seductive sirens. Tenuous forms come to life through light, and suggest shapes through their absence. In my works—works built with […]

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