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This exciting lenticular print entitled Nai Reesan Shehr Lahore Diyan by Farida Batool (b 1970) depicts an innocent child skipping on a dilapidated street in Lahore. The striking piece is typical of the artist’s preoccupation with recreating nostalgic scenes from everyday life in Pakistan.
Batool’s lenticular works, which are similar to a hologram in effect, are politically charged and represent the socio-political environment of her native Pakistan, focusing on daily fears and anxieties. Having studied and worked abroad in recent years, Batool has subsequently engaged with issues of being part of the diaspora and the associated feelings of nostalgia for her homeland. This unique piece, which means ‘There is no match for the city of Lahore’ is her own expression of these sentiment.
Christie’s South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art Sale will be held in London on June 11, 2013. For more information please visit http://www.christies.com.
First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on June 2, 2013.