Anila Quayyum Agha: Intersections
20. October 2015
Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has transformed the Rice University Art Gallery into a space layered with light and shadow in dense geometric patterns.
Agha's installation was inspired by a visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, as described by the Gallery:
Agha speaks about the installation in the five-minute video below. Anila Quayyum Agha: Intersections is on display until 6 December 2015.
The beauty of these spaces caused Agha to reflect upon her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan where culture dictated that women were excluded from the mosque, a place of creativity and community, and instead prayed at home. She says of her Alhambra experience, "To my amazement [I] discovered the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that had been my experience while growing up."
Agha translated these contradictory feelings into her installation, Intersections, by creating a contemplative space of her own making that is open to all.