In my work, I have tried to explore the relationship between language and identity, in a cultural, historical and contemporary context. As a Pakistani citizen, having to experience the decline
In my work, I have tried to explore the relationship between language and identity, in a cultural, historical and contemporary context. As a Pakistani citizen, having to experience the decline of our national language in almost every sphere of life, has led me to revisit the relationship of this language with my own identity. The fractures that result within one’s own being, after one feel that he is slowly being dispossessed of a language, fragments the relationship that one has with one’s own self. This fragmentation, confusion and disorder that seem inescapable and overpowering are what have informed my work.
This led me towards another aspect of language; its paradoxical nature as both the conveyer as well as the limiter of meaning. I see language as essential to communication but also feel that there is so much that it seems to leave behind in its construction; the mass of abstract emotions, feelings and sensations that inform identity and communication seem to be lost in the structure and system of language. The range and limitation of language, experienced by me on an everyday basis, is also one of the concerns that I try to engage with.
Carving out words and recomposing them is also a cathartic act, in which I try to break language down into its most basic constituents and attempt a reconstruction of language and identity, trying to arrive at something more than just itself. The rediscovery of language by freeing it from the page where it is composed in a particular fashion and then recomposing it, changing its meaning, its character as language, is an act of plasticising language to see what it has the potential to lead to.
– Ghulam Mohammad
Courtesy of 1×1 Gallery
January 20 (Wednesday) - February 28 (Sunday)
1x1 Art Gallery
10, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8 - Al Quoz 1, Dubai. United Arab Emirates