Even the Animals
24 April 2010 -
22 May 2010
Defining himself as a textile artist, Kashif Nadim Chaudry's current practice is concerned with a search for the idea of the sacred and all its entrapments. Playing with the traditions and ceremonies of his own Pakistani Muslim background, as well as investigating a further marginalised identity as a British born gay man, Chaudry's search for the sacred raises questions around adornment, sexuality and the performances of religious and cultural ritual.
Even the Animals is a spectacle, a performance frozen in time. Referencing the solemnity of the congregation at mass or bejewelled wedding guests admiring their bride, Chaudry's fantastical sculptural beasts enact a surreal vision of a broken church.
Coming from a family heritage were textiles and tailoring have played a fundamental role, craftsmanship and the sensuality of cloth are defining features of Chaudry's working practice. A degree in textiles has very much focused his creativity around the importance of materiality and as he asserts: "The heart of my practice lies with the working, shaping and moulding of physical 'stuff'."
What makes a space or ritual sacred? What shapes, forms and colours are appropriate for such a task? Chaudry's work also explores notions of the mysterious and monumental, arguably aspects of the sacred, and provide a visual dialectic with the secular.