Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi, "You who are my love and my life’s enemy too", 2011.

There was a tragedy in Sialkot, Punjab, in August 2010, when two adolescents were murdered by vigilantes who were apparently in connivance with the police. Struck by this blunder revealing police corruption, the started a series of paintings on paper, You who are my love and my life’s enemy too, in which he expressed his reaction to this murder. At first glance the work appears to be a splash of blood like the one in this killing, but, close up, the composition reveals itself as meticulous floral motifs typical of the art of miniature painting which the artist teaches.

Imran Qureshi associates the aesthetic of Pakistani miniatures with political subjects on Pakistan toying with the public's response to this type of painting which has precious and ancestral nature. Produced between 2006 and 2009, the Moderate Enlightenment series corresponds to this endeavor as he constructs these images on folkloric and traditional backgrounds and adds contemporary elements on the painted figure, often in the clothing codes (camouflage pants, sports shoes, umbrella …). This practice offers the artist's viewpoint on contemporary Pakistan where friction between tradition and modernity and conflict are omnipresent.


Imran Qureshi was born in 1972 in Hyderâbâd, Pakistan. He lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan.