Launch Event: Faiza Butt: Paracosm
23 April 2015, 6pm - 9pm
6PM: Exhibition Opening
7PM - 7.10PM: Welcome
NAE CEO Skinder Hundal will welcome guests and introduce Faiza Butt
7.10PM - 8PM: Faiza Butt In Conversation with Melanie Kidd
Join artist Faiza Butt and Melanie Kidd, NAE Director of Programmes, for a detailed conversation about this new exhibition, and an insight into her work over the last two decades.
8PM - 9PM: Exhibition Launch continues with live DJ and paid bar in Cafe NAE
New Art Exchange is proud to present the first major survey of Faiza Butt's work in a British public gallery.
The exhibition explores her practice over two decades and comprises of a rich collection ranging from drawings to digital prints, light works and sculptural installation. Butt was born in Lahore, Pakistan. The stimulus for her practice is wide ranging, however she cites growing up in the shifting politics of 1980s Pakistan and observing the impact of 9/11 on the young Pakistan diaspora in Britain, as major influences on her work.
'Artists have a purpose in society. You do not make art to make anyone comfortable or to amuse people. Art is a language, a code through which you hope to make a difference.' Faiza Butt
Her artworks are based on pictures scavenged from the media and advertising. In a bid to connect with the widest audience, and in response to the snobbery towards beauty in contemporary art, Butt deploys candy-shop colours and familiar forms to capture the spectator's interest before connecting them with globally important questions.
Faiza Butt is represented by Rossi & Rossi, London and Grosvenor Gallery, London.
Age range: All are welcome
To book a place please call 0115 924 8630 or follow the 'book this' link below.