Sara is an independent curator/ writer and one of the founding members of Artimins, which is a visual art collective/initiative committed to art, education and social change; aiming to bridge the gaps between the artist and the viewer.
She complements her work with active participation in art projects and visual art writings; focusing on different aspects of art itself, with emphasis on practices that decimate boundaries; the blurring of formalities, the realization of reality and all that, which, hides in clear sight and yet remains invisible to many. Working with public, institutional and private entities, Sara has been particularly interested in experimental and collaborative practices.
Currently she is working on her book about contemporary art practitioners in Pakistan and other curatorial projects.
Open The Door
Project curated by Sara Mahmood
‘Open the door, is a visual experience.Personalized to the degree that no two eyes could see the same vision. Just like walking into another’s dream. Is it possible for two people to have the exact dream in the exact same way or even feel the same? An experience so pure that it lets the mind wander so deep and far that even the dreamer can never imagine what they would see next. Pure, unaided, and un-interrupted visual simulation.
What the show presents are panoramas of distant monochromes or reverberating vibrancy; depending on what the mind conjures from behind closed lids. In art practice visuals play a vital role. When the audience sees a visual their minds create multitudes of explanations of that image but the image in their mind’s eye is all the same. Whereas when a writer creates a situation in words, the reader forms imagery in their minds too. However, every reader forms his or her own unique image or even images.
The idea of landscapes is nothing new in art. It has been done over and over again. Almost all artists must have made a landscape at some point and not just artists, almost every school going child has made a landscape; the one with the mountains, valleys, green fields and a hut with the sloping roof. As we mature and grow older our perceptions and perspectives change; but for most, landscapes almost remain the same.
Be it an imaginary landscape of dreams or a geographical, social or political landscape. However one chooses to look at their landscapes, they will be as unfathomable as the layers to our minds.
This immeasurable imagination is the same incomprehensible passion with which a child without worrying about world picks up any material and makes their mark on what they find around themselves.
The show calls upon, the same innocent imagination that the viewer is asked to reply with. It is time to analyze another’s creative process from the eyes of those for whom it is created.