An Unspoken Dialogue

An Unspoken Dialogue

-Aditi Ghildiyal

Kulfat(Discomfort)

“Language paradoxically conveys meaning and limits communication, simultaneously. I see language as something that leaves behind in its construction, a mass of abstract emotions, feelings and sensations that inform identity.” – Ghulam Mohammad

Not interested in the readability of language, artist Ghulam Mohammad’s art practice entails deconstructing the primary composition of Urdu & Persian language into its most basic constituents and then reconstructing a virtual panorama using these fragmented bits. The text mostly makes little to no sense if one tried to understand it. Though that does not become a deterrent in what Ghulam tries to communicate. By breaking the inherent grammar that composes the language, making it incomprehensible and yet creating a dialogue with the audience, the artist ends up questioning the role of language itself.

Born in Kacchi in Baluchistan, Pakistan, Ghulam Mohammad is the first Pakistani artist to win the coveted ‘Jameel Art Prize 4’ from Victoria and Albert Museum London in 2016. He was also called as a jury member the following year for ‘Jameel Art Prize 5’. With extremely limited access to fundamental resources Ghulam managed to complete his school education and, later on scholarship of UMISA, he graduated from the Beacon House National University Lahore with a distinction in 2013. During his graduation he was selected for ‘Inspire Trip’ to the University of Central Lancashire under the student exchange program of British Council. The artist recently completed his post-graduation alongside teaching fulltime at the Beacon House National University.

Baaham(Together)

GM collects old books from markets in Lahore and manually carves out each and every letter, collecting them in jars. Later he creates collages by assembling these letters together. The letters seem to pop out of the surface giving his works three dimensionality and playfulness. It is the creation of a unique visual aesthetic and discourse that the artist is concerned about.

Anant Art showcased four new works by the artist at the recent India Art Fair held in New Delhi, 2019. There were three small works titled Kulfat (Discomfort), Rabt (link) and Baaham (Together) all executed in the typical fashion the artist employs. The fourth work titled Mein Afsana Quon Kar Likhta Hun was a dedication to the Sadat Hasan Manto, one of the scions of modern Urdu literature. Manto had to face many hardships, persecution, court cases during his times. It was his brutal honesty upon social realities and an unforgiving penmanship that offended, perhaps scared, his persecutors. Ghulam wrote a text by the author fashioned out of the carved alphabets, but with a twist.

Mein Afsana Quon Kar Likhta Hoon

Mein Afsana Quon Kar Likhta Hun (detail)

“The order of the words of the letter, Mein Afsana Kiun Likhta Hoon, has been inverted. The configuration in which the text makes ‘sense’ as a letter requires that it be read from left to right, the exact diametric opposite of the expectation when reading an Urdu text, an inversion that is reflective of the tone Manto’s works. As such, it is an example of an exploration into the relationship between the form of the text, its content and its subsequent representation”, explains the artist.

The artist is currently working towards his upcoming exhibition in US. Over the years GM, as he is fondly known as, has had several group and solo exhibitions. His quest remained the same - exploring the relationship between language and identity in a cultural, historical & contemporary context. The possibilities, range and scope of a language fascinates him.

Ghulam Mohammad lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.

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