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Artist talk with Jaffa Lam and Waqas Khan moderated by Devika Singh on Saturday, 30 September 2023

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Artist talk on Saturday, 30 September 2023 at 5 p.m. The talk will be held in English, reservation is recommended.
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Join us for the vernissage on 30 September from 11 a.m. - 6 m. At 5 p.m., Jaffa Lam and Waqas Khan will join curator Devika Singh in conversation in our auditorium, and from 7- 9 p.m., a reception will take place to celebrate the exhibitions. We look forward to welcoming you.

For her first European solo exhibition, Jaffa Lam (°1973, Fujian Province) shows both new and earlier works based on notions of community, labour, identity, migration, and diaspora. Lam’s community-based work is created as a collective action, to demonstrate the shared energy with her collaborators. Her practice explores the ecosystem and history of that collective, often partly lost through migration or gentrification. The frequent use of recycled materials in her installations demonstrates the idea of renewal; the textiles she uses have usually been given by friends and acquaintances, whose stories she compiles.

Waqas Khan (°1982) was born in Akhterabad. He is a visual artist that expresses himself with multi-layered mediums including drawings and installations. Growing up in a rural setting in the far South of Pakistan, Khan reflected heavily upon social associations, communal history, memories and related narratives - a reflection that made him move to Lahore where he graduated as a printmaker from the National College of Arts in Lahore in 2008. Waqas Khan's large scale minimalist drawings consist of forms and compositions that are laboriously built up by using repetition and mark making as a technique.

Devika Singh is Senior Lecturer in Curating at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She was previously Curator, International Art at Tate Modern where she was in charge of South Asian art and part of the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational. Her writing has appeared widely in exhibition catalogues, journals, art reviews such as frieze, Art Press and MARG, and her book International Departures: Art in India after Independence is forthcoming with Reaktion Books in autumn 2023. She co-curated ‘Gedney in India’ (CSMVS, Mumbai, 2017; Duke University, 2018) and has curated exhibitions ranging from ‘Planetary Planning’ (Dhaka Art Summit, 2018) to ‘Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan’ (Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 2019-20), as well as a number of displays at Tate Modern including Lee Mingwei’s Our Labyrinth (Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 2022).

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