The Illuminated Page, 2018
Various mediums including neon, new commission
Ayesha Jatoi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.
Trained in miniature painting, Jatoi’s practice primarily explores the traditional manuscript’s symbiotic relationship between image and text. While being immersed in local aesthetics of iconography, she simultaneously questions the relevance of traditional modes of constructing images today; resulting in a practice which takes on hybrid forms.
The body of work exhibited at Lahore Museum for LB01 was an extension of Jatoi’s former practice wherein the text frees itself all together of the image–just as most contemporary miniature painters rely on images alone–but when the image does appear it does so in an extremely minimal way, merely lines, bare suggestions.
Jatoi’s work has been exhibited widely locally as well as internationally, most recently at the Shanghai Biennale, the Dhaka Art Summit, WIP: Konsthall, Stockholm, and Nelson Atkins Museum, USA.
Text and image source: Lahore Biennale Foundation