Lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.
Trained in miniature painting, Ayesha 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. Her 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.
The Beloved has left
Ayesha Jatoi presents a text-based intervention referring to the notion of home and away. It takes its inspiration from the classical Indian musical composition of “thumri,” which is a light romantic form. By layering it with the site of a Haveli, the work laments the lover that has left the old city of Lahore, to make an abode further away, thus pushing the boundaries of the city outward. The constant migrations within the city create many foreign lands within itself.