Interview: Muqaddas Babar

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Luca Curci talks with artist Muqaddas Babar during Liquid Rooms – The Body Language exhibition in Venice on November 2015.

Muqaddas Babar is a student of Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at Beaconhouse National University.  She is in 4th Year presently working her thesis. Muqaddas explores different mediums but she is mainly a sculptor and is currently based in Lahore, Pakistan.

Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?
Muqaddas Babar – I would have love to experience the works in real and communicate with the audience but unfortunately, i could not make it to Venice as i am busy with my thesis but i am sure the event would have been a great success.

L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House?
M. B. – I think they are doing a great  job.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
M. B. – The artwork that I presented at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi through ITS LIQUID GROUP is one of the most special works because it is the first time I used concrete as a medium to give a 3-dimentional experience to my sentiments. The idea of reflected images, identical spaces and twin memories has been my major concern in my work. I have a twin which I think is unique so I try exploring this part of my life through art. I play with distinctive mediums that delineate my concept of deceiving the eye. This sculpture is a representation of my childhood memories with my twin. Constructing a house for two with soft materials found at home is now constructed in concrete to show how strongly bounded I am to our memories. With the forms that I create, I try to add a playful feel to the sculpture constructed of such hard material and that the artist had fun making it; also with the scale I try to add a taste of humour to its surroundings.

L. C. – What are you currently working on?
M. B. – I am currently experimenting with scrap material found at a construction site.  I am constructing a studio space with scrap (that includes steel bars, drums, concrete blocks, wood, etc). A studio is supposed to be an area where one feels free and communicates with itself but the material being rustic resists people to go inside it. I am trying to explore the multiple ways of using a material.

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L. C. – What is art for you?
M. B. – For me, art is a way to being creative and communicate with ourselves.  It is a combination of the subjective and objective experiences of human condition, continuously attempting to rise above and discovering a higher meaning and a higher reason. I try to explore distinctive mediums through my practice, such as video, painting, photography but sculpture has been my main interest. For me sculpture is the most successful mediums of all to allow the viewer to interact with it and is a source of medium that opens doors to experimentation. I use the language of material to communicate and build the conceptual ground around my work. For me a work of art that truly interfaces and makes a dialog is the thing that comes to me as a shock. It gives me significantly more than I anticipate. Now and again it sinks in, at times it doesn’t and that for me is the beauty of art making.

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L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?
M. B. – International ArtExpo and ITS LIQUID GROUP are doing an incredible job by allowing the emerging artists to introduce themselves and present their works of art to such a huge number of audiences from all around the globe. As a Pakistani Female Artist, I feel honored to present my sculpture at Venice International ArtExpo and I trust that I have done equity to this great opportunity that these wonderful organizations presented me with. I likewise trust that we keep making this artistic contact even stronger and continue trading our ideas, thoughts and concerns with each other so we all can comprehend our lives better.

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