Liste Art Fair
June 13 - 18, 2017
By positioning two Pakistan-born Western-educated artists, one questions the proximity of their concerns while they make minimal and sparse works. As Agnes Martin in her famous essay “The Untouchable Mind” says, “classicists are people that look out with their back to the world”. In this presentation we question the term classicist in context of South Asia and why such a practice becomes inevitably distant from the Western conceptual art discourse. From Lala Rukh’s abstract/minimal renderings on carbon paper and two decades later her contemporary Fahd Burki returning to greater abstraction himself after working with anthropomorphic visual language, these voices pertain a certain elegance within them; breaking preconceived notions of geographic representation and regional poetics.