12/3/21. Karkhanas were first established in the fourteenth century as art and artisan collectives to produce textiles, weaponry and other objects for South Asian sultanates, particularly of the Mughal empire. This current project, initiated and organized by Pakistani painter Muhammad Imran Qureshi, was inspired by the cooperative nature of miniature painting in those courts. The collaboration began in 2003, when Qureshi, along with five other Pakistani painters Aisha Khalid, Hasnat Mahmood, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Talha Rathore and Saira Wasim began work on 12 paintings. Each artist initiated two pieces on wasli (rag paper), and then sent the paintings by courier in succession to the other five artists in the group, each of whom applied a layer of imagery, marks, or other processes. The series of 12 miniatures that resulted represent a remarkable experiment in avant-garde collaboration. Solo works by the six artists provide comparisons between individual and collective efforts.
Karkhana / Hammad Nasar o.a.
Uitgeverij; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.