sabeen raja talk

Pakistani minature artist Sabeen Raja is in Melbourne to exhibit her works at Axes Art Space and Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Spaces. She will also be giving a talk on her work in conjunction with International Women’s Day, this Saturday at Axes Art Space in 24 Athelstan Road, Camberwell 3124 at 4pm.

In my work, which is deeply committed to the miniature tradition, I explore juxtaposition between the reality of our daily lives and the aesthetic world of these traditional paintings. The world can be a coarse place. The rawness and complexity of human emotions is ever present and we are surrounded not by the idealized world of princes and gods but by the struggle for a living, a search for meaning in our work and attempts to find love and acceptance.

My work finds much to celebrate in the individual’s interaction with an often maddening culture. For me this celebration occurs when transforming daily observations of the humiliating and the banal into the highly refined form of the miniature. In these paintings everyday sling and arrows are restaged in the (retrofitted) epic form of courtly paintings, religious parables and historic glories.

— Sabeen Raja