Who slept, naked in the stark aftermath, In the forgotten depths, In the poisoned waters of dead imagination. (Excerpt of Poem by Sophia Pandeya.) The Guild Art Gallery is pleased to present the debut solo show in New York of artist Shalalae Jamil. Born and raised in Pakistan, educated at Bennington College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has exhibited and curated work in Pakistan, the United States and the U.K. Her work is in several private collections including the Arts Council in Pakistan and the Devi Art Foundation in India.
Shalalae Jamil’s work accesses the intensely personal and the unavoidably political with an ease and an awkwardness that brings it as painfully close to real life as perhaps only the medium of video is capable of doing. Continually investigating how perception and meaning are altered by the shifting parameters of private and public space, Split Beds and Windows follows the same broader trajectory that her oeuvre has had a distinct tendency to trace. It addresses the often highly sensitive issues embedded within the complexities of the forming of identity that unfold through inherently personal narratives of self and family, familiarity and belonging, love and loss.
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