WAQAS KHAN REVIEW – A MESSAGE OF LOVE LOVE GENTLY INVADES MANCHESTER FROM OUTER SPACE – JONATHAN JONES

27 September 2017 – The Guardian

Risham Syed, Manchester Art Gallery, New North and South

Risham Syed, Manchester Art Gallery, New North and South

“There’s a lot more going on in the paintings of Risham Syed, who, like Khan, works in Lahore. Both owe something to miniaturist painting techniques that go back to the Mughal court: Syed uses them to create hyperrealist postcard-sized pictures of the houses of Lahore’s elite. Seen from behind, the fine houses turn out to be gimcrack cowboy jobs.

At the Whitworth – past another neon welcome – Raqs Media Collective create a dazzling magic-realist history of the world. The fragments of this pulsing four-dimensional montage include ash-black biscuits from the Paris Commune (also on sale at the cafe, if you dare) and a video of a man and woman both naked except for deep-sea diving helmets. Outside the gallery, they have erected hollowed out and decapitated colonial statues that watch a world and a city they never imagined could exist…”

WAQAS KHAN REVIEW – A MESSAGE OF LOVE LOVE GENTLY INVADES MANCHESTER FROM OUTER SPACE – JONATHAN JONES

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