Monday, June 12, 2017

Anila Agha show's the world in a new light at The Peabody Essex Museum

By Susan Flynn
Intersections artist, Anila Quayyum Agha. Photo Credit Kathy Tarantola.
MASSACHUSETTS---With Intersections, Anila Quayyum Agha creates instant architecture in an empty room. A laser-cut steel cube suspended from the ceiling and illuminated by a single bulb casts intricate shadows across the walls and the people who enter the gallery. The artist set out to create a sacred space where people of all races, genders and religions could feel welcome. She was motivated by her experiences of being excluded from mosques and other cultural venues as a woman growing up in Lahore, Pakistan. Intersections won the prestigious ArtPrize competition in 2014, in both the public and juried categories, making Agha the first artist to hold this distinction. [More]

The Peabody Essex Museum: "All the Flowers Are for Me" (Through December 3, 2017); East India Square (161 Essex St) Salem, Massachusetts; 978-745-9500;
PEM visitors enjoying the illumination in Intersections. Photo Credit Kathy Tarantola.
A couple gets engaged in Intersections! Photo Credit Kathy Tarantola.