Maha Ahmed’s concern lies with the awareness of the self in relation to the other. Addressing the presence of another, standing on the outside, automatically exposes the self to a magnitude of interpretation and introspection. Belonging to a fragile context like Pakistan, this becomes relevant in a greater political concern. Each person, born on Pakistani soil is perceived in a certain way. - this opinion of the other, towards what defines her self has led to a kind of uncertainty within - an assumption - that most do not see her, but can only see what they already know.
Due to this perception, all seemly similar people are pigeonholed in the same category until proven otherwise. To this effect ‘A Mute Land’ will move the audience to take a closer look and see the paintings unfold in their details, commenting on individuality through each surface.
About the Artist:
Maha Ahmed (b.1989) is a Pakistani artist living and working between Lahore and London. She graduated with a BA in Miniature Painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 2012. She was awarded the Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship for her MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, which she completed in July 2015. She is currently represented by Display Gallery.