Friday, August 18, 2017

Summer exhibition at the Asia Society in New York explored artists of the South Asian diaspora

By Hrag Vartanian
Anila Quayyum Agha, “Crossing Boundaries” (2015) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)
NEW YORK CITY---The short summer exhibition at the Asia Society makes the case for a South Asian perspective born from the life experience of a diaspora that spans the globe. Here, all the artists are conversant with many idioms and vocabularies. One of the only works to be allotted its own space in the exhibition is an installation by Anila Quayyum Agha, who is represented by her well-known Intersections series that was the first artwork to capture both the public and juried prizes at ArtPrize back in 2014. The series, as represented by “Crossing Boundaries” (2015), addresses the boundaries and limitations of gender in her native Pakistan, where religious conservatism had a profound impact on her early life. Closed on August 6, 2017. [More]