Adeela Suleman – Artist of the Month December

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Adeela Suleman

Born 1970, in Karachi, Pakistan, where she currently lives and works, Adeela Suleman works with found objects ranging from readymades such as cooking utensils, drain covers, screws, nails, bolts, and fasteners to bathroom fittings, shower heads, and water pipe chain connections. Daily objects multiplied and assembled, Suleman presents them in a new role as sculptural objects.

Adeela Suleman is currently Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Fine Art Department at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture. She is also the coordinator of Vasl Artists’ Collective, Karachi- Pakistan.

Pakistani artist Adeela Suleman explores the interwoven dualities of life and death, tradition and modernity with evolving perspectives of place and time. “Death is a certain thing in life,” she says, “yet even that has become uncertain.” Challenging sensationalized views of terrorism and other forms of violence, Suleman contemplates what’s missed when overlooking the essence of life or even a peaceful, natural death. Her works link together stainless steel reliefs of natural motifs, such as birds, trees and flora, contrasted by images of suicide vests and missiles.

Suleman earned her BFA in Sculpture with Distinction at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, and her MA in International Relations at University of Karachi. Recent solo exhibitions include Aicon Gallery, London; Aicon Gallery, New York; and Rohtas 2, Lahore, Pakistan.

- An interview with Adeela Suleman – Josheen Oberoi of Saffronart speaks with Adeela Suleman about the trajectory of her art practice


Adeela Suleman in Conversation with Didem Ozbek

From the Sharjah Art Foundation

Adeela Suleman at the India Art Fair 2012

Day of Dialogue – On Location: Time and Place

Artists Heman Chong, Adeela Suleman, Adrian Wong, and Takayuki Yamamoto join moderator Hou Hanru, San Francisco Art Institute’s director of exhibitions and public programs, in a lively conversation on how sensorial, cultural, historical, geopolitical, and other experiences of different locales in Asia serve as a rich source of ideas and inspiration.

Birth Of Pakistan – “Vasl Artists’ Collective in Collaboration with CAP”

At the Shanaakht Festival (Urdu meaning: Identity) 3000 students from Government and private schools attended and 8000 visitors visited the festival overall. In collaboration with the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Vasl Artists’ Collective with its Khayaal Khana team worked on creating an interactive museum space for children at the Mohatta Palace Museum.

This exhibition was opened on the 23rd of March 2010 and remained open for three months. Vasl was responsible for reconstructing the sentiments and expressions of migrants coming to Pakistan, which was executed in the form of the train journey — from Amritsar to Lahore — intended to relay the feelings of those people who left their homes in India to come live in the newly-formed Pakistan. This was accompanied by a sound installation directed by Shahid Shafat. The following actors performed in the piece: Yasir, Imran, Mehdi, Munazza, Adeela Suleman and Asma Mundrawala.

A refugee camp was also recreated to exhibit the living experience of the people who had just arrived in their new home land. The living conditions, hardships and valour of the citizens of the new country are epitomized in this installation.

Children’s activity and entertainment in the form of flip books and illustrated story books were also a part for this interactive exhibit.

Image from the Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin