> Baaton se baat nikalti hai

Muzzumil Ruheel

05 December - 10 January, 2019

We are delighted to present Baaton se baat nikalti hai—Muzzumil Ruheel’s first solo exhibition at TARQ. In this exhibition, Ruheel uses meticulously rendered Urdu Calligraphy as the basis of his new paintings and sculptural installations. The artist’s wider practice is about metaphorical interpretations; investigating perceptions about social to mundane events usually based on their documented narratives. In this show, he delves into the idea of conversation; from private conversations to confrontational ones he talks of the presence as well the absence of words. In his play of words he twists, mirrors, repeats, isolates alphabets from collected personal and marginalized accounts pointing to the fundamental ways in which our stories are written. The rigorous use of calligraphy amplifies a sense of mystery for the viewer, where we can read the text but a coherent meaning cannot be extracted from any of the texts. Ruheel takes advantage of this and Baaton se baat nikalti hai transforms further into a different conversation that we have with ourselves. In her essay, Gemma Sharpe writes, “Baaton se Baat Nikalti hai is a babble of conversations with and about Conversation. Metaphors, jokes, puns, turns of phrase, and marginalized narratives bounce between the gallery walls, whispering of their origins in Ruheel’s readings and story-spinnings. Yet at the same time, the exhibition is thoroughly led by its medium—a calligraphic craft of centuries. To coin a paradoxical term, Muzzumil Ruheel is a maker of “fictional formalisms”. His work begins with narrative but in the end, gives itself over to the rigor of calligraphy.”

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Muzzumil Ruheel

Muzzumil Ruheel is a visual artist based in Karachi. He was born in Lahore in 1985 and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Beacon House National University (BNU) 2009. He has been part of the faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (Karachi), the School of Visual Arts, Beacon House National University (Lahore) and the Visual Studies Department at the Karachi University. Muzzumil has had exhibitions nationally and internationally. His work is part of important public and private collections.  Solo and group shows includes, Tapestry of Fading Gardens, 1x1 Gallery, Dubai.Between the Sun and the Moon, Lahore Biennale. India Art Fair, Tarq, Delhi, India. Confessions of the wait, 1 X 1 Art Gallery, Dubai. 2020. Misunderstandings..., Canvas Gallery Karachi, Pakistan. In Other Wor(l)d (solo), Canvas Gallery,  Art Dubai , The Quantum City, International Public Art Festival, Karachi, Pakistan, Pioneer Artist Residency III, Canvas Gallery, Khushaab, Pakistan, Indian Art Fair, Tarq, Delhi, India 2019, Baato Se Baat Nikalti Hai (solo),  Tarq , Mumbai, India , Point of no return (solo), Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan , In between the lines (solo) Art Dubai, The Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Milan, Italy, Multiple Narratives,  Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK  2018, Hearsay (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi,  Witness, Karachi Biennale 17, KSA, Karachi, Pakistan, Imago Mundi Project. La Biennale di  Venezia 2017,  Lost in his own garden (solo) Grosvenor Gallery, London, Colombo Biennale, Srilanka, Digging deep, crossing far, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, In letter and spirit, Tarq, Mumbai  2016, The alternate life of lies (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2015, And his beard grew and grew and grew (solo), Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Letter Of Apology, Abhisaran Booth, Indian Art Fair, India,  Dolce Gusto, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan 2015, Letter of apology (residency) Kaladham Museum, Vijyanagar 2014, ...but some of them never happened (solo), Canvas Gallery, Karachi the Young Moscow International Biennial, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia 2014, Present Re-Inventions, Grosvenor Gallery, London 2014. He was also a part of the Abhisaran Residency, India – a collateral event of the Kochi Biennale 2014. Earlier his work was shown at Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, Wip Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, Still Exotic, Collaborative Project, Cairo Documenta, Egypt, Space Invader,  Aicon Gallery, London, UK, Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai, Through Other Eyes,  Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and The Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK, Parallel Lines, Cartwright Hall, Bradford City Art Gallery and Museum, UK, Media as Medium, UDK, Berlin, Germany and many others.