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Faiza Butt: Paracosm
24 Apr, 2015 at 12:00 am - 28 Jun, 2015 at 12:00 am
New Art Exchange is proud to present the first major survey of Faiza Butt’s work in a British public gallery.
The exhibition explores Faiza Butt’s 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.
Faiza Butt In Conversation with Melanie Kidd