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Bollywood Meets High Art in Cinephiliac

Jamal Elias’ printed scenes from Maula Jatt (1979)

Jamal Elias’ printed scenes from Maula Jatt (1979)

There are less then two weeks left to see Cinephiliac: Art Transcending Technology & Motion over at the Philadelphia based Gallery, Twelve Gates Art. The exhibition marks the centennial of South Asian cinema with a boldly curated show with work from established and emerging artists that use film iconography to attack a broader sense of narrative by creating a dialogue that explore social identities.

The strength of the show lay in curator Atif Sheikh’s careful choosing of artists whose work conveys strong individual perspectives on the subject. Professor/Artist, Jamal Elias’ printed scenes from the movie Maula Jatt (1979), are exhibited on six cells back-lit with soft light to illuminate a film Elias chose to visually converse on the transitional shift in Pakistan’s social and political history.

Other highlights include Leila Lals’ exploration of female identity in the mixed media piece Peep Show 3, where four different popular Bollywood film heroines are framed in gold leafed shadowboxes that find them displaced in culturally opposite religious architectural settings.

Leila Lal’s Peep Show 3

Leila Lal’s Peep Show 3

Peep Show

Peep Show

Karachi based artist, Summayya Jillani is a favorite here as well, her 2011 Eastern makeover of Marilyn Monroe ( Baar baar dekho, hazaar baar dekho) turned her into an internet sensation.  Pop icons are fluent theme in Jilliani’s work that calls attention to a wide range of cultural perceptions of western influence. There are many layers to this show that journeys farther into the conversation of the allure and perceptions of cinema on society.

Cinephiliac will run until December 15th at Twelve Gates Art. For a deeper delve into the show try out this article by Lavina Melwani.

Summayya Jillani's Marilyn

Summayya Jillani’s Marilyn

 

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