Exhibition

Nusra Latif Qureshi: Strategies of Intent

A curtain sewn from beige, light orange and brown fabrics under a bright orange curtain header. The curtain sweeps a hardwood timber floor. Through a middle parting in the curtain is a wooden glass cabinet.

When

23 August -
29 September 2019

Location

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

181-187 Hay St, Haymarket

Curatorial Assistant: Nanette Orly

Nusra Latif Qureshi’s first solo Australian institutional exhibition presents her ongoing investigation into the symbolism and assumptions embedded in art history. Reflecting on almost two decades of practice Qureshi’s attempts to undermine, shift and negate historical imagery reads as a warning for the contemporary age, where assumed realities can be little more than constructed visions. 

Qureshi’s practice is characterised by meticulous layering, fragmentation, erasure and juxtaposition of visual material. Through such intervention, she investigates little known histories of colonial eras, questions established narratives and engages with the politics of representation. Through an examination of the visual histories of the South Asian region Qureshi has developed a new visual vernacular in which to examine and interrogate the act of historicisation.

Strategies of Intent brings together key works from Qureshi’s oeuvre as well as a series of new commissions by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. These commissions are Qureshi’s most ambitious to date and include a series of installations that draw on key colonial imagery, engage with the reverence of weaponry and critique the museological convention of collecting and ownership.

Curators

A curtain sewn from beige, light orange and brown fabrics under a bright orange curtain header. The curtain sweeps a hardwood timber floor. Through a middle parting in the curtain is a wooden glass cabinet.
A row of nine labelled test tubes laid out at the bottom of a wooden glass cabinet
A wooden table covered in glass stands on a red embroidered velvet mat in a light-flooded white gallery space, with a glass door that opens out onto the street outside. Under the table is a glass cloche
An illuminated digital print on a light box
An orange beaded tapestry sewn from three layered image of a couple in a garden, an outline of a photograph of a British/Indian cavalry regiment, and an illustration. Loose orange threads from the tapestry drape down behind a glass cabinet of small objects.
A glass cabinet displaying small objects, including a gilded bible, a lace handkerchief and an ivory orb. A stuffed animal resembling a ferret lies prone next to an embroidered image of a regal woman in colonial dress reading from a small book
A white gallery space with an orange beaded tapestry, two framed lithographs against a back wall and a long digital print on fabric stretched across the right wall
A print on fabric of elongated streaks of TV static noise. The streaks stretch from one black figure on the left hand-side of the fabric to two black figures on the right-hand.
A greyscale digital print on acrylic clear film, hung from a gallery ceiling
  

Top image: Nusra Latif Qureshi, The House of Irredeemable Objects, 2019, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable, commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; photo: Kai Wasikowski for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, courtesy the artist.