” My practice is a mirror image of this volatile enthrallment with the unattainable-” – says Mushtaq.
Naira Mushtaq (b.1989) graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore with a BFA degree in Painting. She then went on to teaching at her Alma mater and also became a part of the visiting faculty at Kinnaird College for Women. She is the Co-founder of “Attic Studio” an artist’s residency established for fresh graduates to increase dialogue and exchange.
Mushtaq uses old photographs as a basis for her imagery. The artist deconstructs these pictures impregnated with history to create an alternative reality. She draws inspiration from the memories that are connected to these visuals-the sights, scents and sounds that are associated with them.
She manipulates what she calls “amateur visuals” that have several sentiments attached to them- sentiments that make one want to withdraw into the past. With the use of these visuals the artist explores the idea of nostalgia and the urge for the unattainable upon her canvas.
The manipulated imagery no longer possess a personal nature, instead they become narratives of a collective past. The imagery is obscured to an extent where specific details are defaced so it is no longer one individual’s memory.
By manipulating images of the past Mushtaq gives birth to new memories. Thus, her work can be defined as an intersection of reality and illusion.
Several renowned artists such as Afshar Malik, Laila Rahman, Anwar Saeed and Nurayah Nabi have apprenticed Mushtaq.
Her work was displayed at Khaas Gallery in a group show titled Doppelganger curated by Aasim Akhtar in 2015.
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