Ghulam Mohammad

Ghulam Mohammad

Artist Bio

(b. 1979, Baluchistan, Pakistan)

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, 2013; Master of Art Education, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, 2017.

SELECT EXHIBITIONS: Ghulam Mohammad began exhibiting his works at Pakistan’s top art galleries even before he graduated from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. He has since shown at Satrang Gallery, Islamabad (2014), Canvas Gallery, Karachi (2014, 2015) and Rohtas Gallery, Lahore (2016).

Ghulam lives and works in Baluchistan, Pakistan.

Artist Statement

Hashiya, is not only a two dimensional space, which divides a picture plane to create a window where the protagonist is occupying the central stage. Here extras are playing insignificant roles merely in the orbits around the protagonist. Hashiya is a binding force, not only filling the space for decorative purposes but it establishes a channel or bridge in between two divisions of a plane. The whispers from the outside world of Hashiya travel inwards and echo the main subject in a contextual voice.

For me the conception of reality and fiction of a mind appear hand in hand. Hashiya is used when the artist desires to share a new space with his audience. It is used as a point of initiation of his preference and desire for the viewer. It was a creative resolve by older generation of artists who articulated the pre-­‐existing meaning of Hashiya as a tool for more relevant and meaningful story telling. Their methods introduced valuable space for text which also received the treatment of a visual element. Previously this was only a piece of writing.

For my latest inquiry I am keen to further experiment with the politics of text as a visual. I am not interested in the readability of the text, leading me to create more complex forms and textures out of Urdu and Persian letters which I manually carved out of books. It creates a confinement of entangled letters building a new space. This new space fashioned out of the pasted letters forms a channel or bridge between two planes much like the traditional Hashiya. The medium I work in creates a three dimensional effect, physically and visually, making the work seem as though popping out of a window or a Hashiya. It is not only the boundary lines of the entire piece that intensifies the work but each letter in itself has its own border. These borders are separate and connected. There is a communication that can only be achieved from a defined border or distance.

Gunjaan II

Ghulam Mohammad
2018
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Paaband

Ghulam Mohammad
2018
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Mein Afsana Quon Kar Likhta Hoon

Ghulam Mohammad
2018
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Kulfat(Discomfort)

Ghulam Mohammad
2018
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Baaham(Together)

Ghulam Mohammad
2018
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Rabt(link)

Ghulam Mohammad
2018
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