Mehwish Iqbal

The Distance Between Us

31 October — 16 November 2019

Born in Pakistan
Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Through the unavoidable consequences of livingmemories, ideas and experiences come in to being. The unique neurological strata of our thoughtscreated from our earliest until our lastis a defining aspect of the ‘individual’.

We live in a contemporary world with competing ideologies of nationalism, globalisation and the ever-present religious dissensionthe hallmarks of our time. Throughout the globe, physical country borders are in a state of flux, coupled with the continual rise of the virtual world. Humanity can be forgiven for its crisis of identity and a seemingly endless search for the meaning to our existence.

It’s against this backdrop that Sydney based artist, Mehwish Iqbal’s delicate reflections of a life of contradictory experiences, provide a torch-lit path in an ever more complicated world. Mehwish grew up in the small city of Sangla Hill in Pakistana country that, at times, struggles with inherent freedomsparticularly for women. Yet, it is from this place that her voice has become strong and direct. Beyond the ephemeral experience of Iqbal’s work, her thematic discourse has struck a chord throughout the broader art world.  A recent exhibition in New York and recognition from major private and institutional collections has built momentum for the artist.

There is a delicate monumentality that pervades the artist's first exhibition at Nanda\Hobbs, titled The Distance Between Us. Iqbal’s Intricately crafted works speak of the stories of her childhood; her relationship with her mother and of being a mother herself in a different culture from that of her birth. Layers of text embroidered and woven through translucent drawings and prints float hypnotically throughout the picture plane. For the audience, this dreamlike state we are invited to enter is the artist's deeply personal world. 

The experience of drilling through the layers of Mehwish’s personal history is a process that connects us with the fragments of our own livesoften buried in the detritus of living. Culturally, our journey may be very different from Iqbal’s, yet, the memory fragmentsthe touch of a mother’s hand; the fleeting moment from a dream; the memory of a story, are reminiscent of our own. To look for the literal in Iqbal’s world is to misinterpret the intention. The real reading comes from the experience of reaching into the artist's soul and being confronted with the story of your own existence.

Ralph Hobbs
October, 2019

Video by Brianna Roberts

\ Exhibition featured works

Mehwish Iqbal

Amorphous Creatures

2019 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and embroidery \ 123 x 102cm unframed size

Mehwish Iqbal

Beginning of Love

2019 \ Mouth blown glass (2 pieces) \ 50 x 45cm; 55 x 45cm

Mehwish Iqbal

Binary Units

2019 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and gold leaf \ 140 x 115cm unframed size

Mehwish Iqbal

Coming Back Home

2019 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and silver leaf \ 146 x 115cm unframed size

Mehwish Iqbal

Dichotomy of Foreign Seeds

2019 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and silver leaf \ 140 x 110cm unframed size

Mehwish Iqbal

Diorama of Lost Space

2019 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and gold leaf \ 140 x 115cm unframed size

Mehwish Iqbal

Hagia Sophia

2019 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and embroidery \ 90 x 90cm unframed size

Mehwish Iqbal

La Makaan

2015 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and embroidery \ 104 x 92.5 framed size

Mehwish Iqbal

Monster Within

2018 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and embroidery \ 425 x 105cm unframed size (4 panels)

Mehwish Iqbal

Parallel Companions

2019 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and silver leaf \ 140 x 110cm unframed size

Mehwish Iqbal

Tombstones

2018 \ Silk screen, collagraph, etching and embroidery (7 works) \ Available as a collection or individual works \ Dimensions vary

Mehwish Iqbal

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Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

Mehwish Iqbal

\ Artist working

Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

Mehwish Iqbal

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Hagia Sophia

Mehwish Iqbal

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Monster Within

Mehwish Iqbal

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Parallel Companions

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NH Event

Mehwish Iqbal Catalogue

23 October 2019

MEHWISH IQBAL
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US
31 Oct - 16 Nov 2019
Opening Thursday 31 October, 6-8pm
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\ Other exhibitions

Dee Smart

A Synopsis of Love

21 November — 14 December 2019

Jonathan Dalton

The Immoral Symmetry

21 November — 14 December 2019

This Used to be the Future + In Hope We Trust

Matthew Quick & Stuart McLachlan

10 October — 26 October 2019

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
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