Risham Syed is a Lahore-based artist who uses painting, as well as other mediums to explore questions of history, sociology, and politics. Living in any big metropolis like Lahore, one continuously experiences a momentous ‘urban transition’, which has become so very tangible over these past few years. Her native city plays the main role in her work, as do related inquiries into what the colonial history of the region has meant to today’s culture. She explores these questions using her paintings as pieces of a greater, often global context through installation and use of objects with social reference and connotation. Her use of fabric, embroidery, found objects, along with her painting speaks about her connection with the personal, as well as historical, weaving in history with the present moment.
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