GLB Memorial Fund for the Arts: Covid-19 Relief by Acquisition Application

Five images of available works from two projects are submitted below. Please click on each image to enlarge and learn further details about each work. Thank you. 

Images 1 - 3: wherever you are is called Here

Images 4 & 5: When denied home we build a Memory Palace (Diptych)

wherever you are is called Here (Anti-flags)

Installation view, dimensions vary (individual anti-flags: 14x32 in.)

Weavings and screen-print on rice bags

2019

$2,000 (individual anti-flag, six available, each piece is unique)

$5,500 (set of three anti-flags)

About the work:

Alluding to locations on maps, momentary states of mind, and fraught socio-political realities, this work translates Here as an elusive space, one that is influenced by ever-shifting factors and often marked by unease. Interlacing personal imagery with political symbolism, these anti-flags are created from rice bags. While the material and weaving techniques pay homage to my ancestral history of rice farming and rituals, the form and content symbolically subvert the function of hyper-nationalism. Woven into the rice bags are maps and images of places encountered and remembered, real and imagined: from images of my childhood home to satellite images of my grandfather’s rice fields, from state lines and zip codes in the U.S. to the border of India and Pakistan. Interwoven and layered, these maps, places, and borders become faded and pixelated—alluding to rhythmic uncertainties of geography in relation to home. I created this work in collaboration with my grandmother.

When denied home we build a Memory Palace

(Diptych, Edition of 3)

16x32 in. each 

Digital collage on chiffon

2018

$3,000 (Diptych, Panels I & II)

About the work:

These works on chiffon approach my elusive feelings and memories of places in relation to the notion of home as an immigrant. In When denied home we build a Memory Palace, I collaged images of my childhood home in Pakistan and wrote repetitively in Urdu. These fragmented images become imagined recollections, floating on a flimsy, translucent surface that responds to the slightest changes in air and light. As these elements shift, so does this memory palace.

© 2020 by Sobia Ahmad