THE STEP | 2010-11

UV PRINT ON ALUMINIUM | 159.6 X 45.6 X 22.8 CM

Mundane realities can have a connection with a particular culture, but there are others that lie outside these constraints and confines. Like a brick, which is specific, yet universal at the same time. However, an arrangement of bricks, conceived as art at another place (like the work of Carl Andre), is perceived being part of everyday life, as a step in front of a shop in a less developed area of Lahore. Once that piece of construction is picked and placed in the context of the gallery as its photographic representation, it changes its meaning, function and turns into the artist’s response to Western art history as well as his relationship to his immediate surroundings.