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Adeela Suleman: Allegory of War

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

Tel: 01214463232

Adeela Suleman


Internationally acclaimed artist Adeela Suleman is known for her works exploring social and political issues, particularly the links between historic and contemporary violence experienced in her home city Karachi, Pakistan. This will be her most comprehensive solo exhibition at a public gallery in the UK.

Suleman employs recurring motifs such as organic subjects including birds and flowers to form detailed, repetitive patterns, referencing the decorative traditions of the Mughal style. The exhibition features a selection of works including film projections, metal repoussé work, ceramic plates, intricate applique and installation.

Many of the works focus on the systematic violence experienced daily in Karachi, where up to 12 people per day are murdered in gang-related or political attacks. Her work acts as a memorial to the victims, but also an interrogation of the juxtapositions of art and beauty, creativity and destruction.

A further commission has been created with Suleman and a group of Birmingham artists and makers, specialising in stitch and appliqué artwork. This collaborative project is inspired by traditions practiced by women in the Sindh province of Pakistan, who come together to create textiles while sharing skills and stories as part of the making process.

With support from Art Fund. Special thanks to Henry Moore Foundation, John Feeney Charitable Trust, players of People's Postcode Lottery and The Roughley Trust for their generous financial support. Presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Adeela Suleman, Untitled (detail), 2021-22. Appliqué with hand embroidery on Jamawar and Banarsi silk. Courtesy the artist.

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16 July 2022 - 9 Oct 2022

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