Unfinished Conversations with Lahore

Michel Foucault’s concept of Heterotopia as he claims ;

 

“....Utopias are sites with no real place. They are sites that have a general relation of direct or inverted analogy with real/actual space of society. They present society itself in a perfected former self turned upside down, but in any case these utopias are fundamentally unreal spaces.

There are also, probably in every culture, in every civilisation, real places-places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society-which are something like counter-sites,a kind of effectively enacted utopian which the real sites ,all the other sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested and inverted.Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though they may be possible to indicate their location in reality.Because the places are absolutely different from all the sites that they reflect and speak about,I shall call them, by way of contrast to utopias, heterotopias.I believe that between utopias and these quite other sites, these heterotopias, there might be a sort of mixed, joint experience, which would be the mirror."

 

The shifts of form and space within these works are not purely accidental.They are derived from looking at the source and attempting to make new dialogue/meaning, rather, to make sense of the surroundings.A kind of paralysis, a transfixed gaze into what remains, of the day.

The main subject is devoid of human presence, only to make certain that they have or have had a monumental existence.These forms are alien and distant, but creating harmony out of confusion and obstruction.We are witnessing an evolutive process of the city, and a shared spacial history.These spaces will soon disappear, some changes will demolish meaningful and meaningless things out of the way.The material that was colossal is now weak and lucid In my works, and here is suspension of temporary objects, yet the result is a permanent image.

Also, here is a space where two very different types of realms coexist-question is, can they exist in time together for longer?

This body of work (ongoing process)is an attempt to make sense of visual functionality by adjusting form and dimensionality.

 © Nashmia Haroon

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