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Saira Ansari

Take Me Home With You, 2012

Neon Light

“Ansari’s practice deals with uncomfortable dialogue, a dialogue that is loud, probing and insolent, but often ignored for the sake of sanity or even politeness and the etiquette of normalcy. She translates this dialogue into written text, sometimes directly scribbled on the walls of private and public spaces, in most instances within her drawings and journals and at other times through audio renderings. Text swathes her practice to emerge as a medium as significant as any other if not more. Conversations in Hyperreality at first sight, does not seem cohesive, but at the same time assumes the position of a storyteller and creates a visual allegory of the existence of two very important ‘realities’ that conjoin to form a sense of apparent truths where irrational thoughts, repetitive ideas, and unrealistic fears loom and interweave to create an imaginary scaffolding of conversations. Likewise the seepage of the real in this hyperreality often add an absurd logic that helps direct hysterical fantasies to a stable lull, only to resume it at another imaginary, fantastical conversation.”

(via saira ansari’s website)

Llama, before hole in stomach - Neon light

The amazing Pakistani artist @SairaAnsariPK’s show in Kolkata’s Experimenter “Conversations in Hyperreality”

Gallery write-up:

Saira Ansari’s work is derived from responding to aggressive and vividly visual personal dreams and hallucinatory experiences that the she has experienced for most of her memory. Her primary interest over the last few years has been to work around the experience of lucid dreaming, tonic immobility, nightmares, and letters of communication that represent physical and mental displacement. Off-hand drawings and texts are studies of her own, deep-seated thoughts that provide a fleeting glimpse into her complex mind. Some works therefore are very casual records while some visuals are interpretations of scientific research and studies conducted in studying dreams and human psychology.

Ansari’s practice deals with uncomfortable dialogue, a dialogue that is loud, probing and insolent, but often ignored for the sake of sanity or even politeness and the etiquette of normalcy. She translates this dialogue into written text, sometimes directly scribbled on the walls of private and public spaces, in most instances within her drawings and journals and at other times through audio renderings. Text swathes her practice to emerge as a medium as significant as any other if not more. Conversations in Hyperreality at first sight, does not seem cohesive, but at the same time assumes the position of a storyteller and creates a visual allegory of the existence of two very important ‘realities’ that conjoin to form a sense of apparent truths where irrational thoughts, repetitive ideas, and unrealistic fears loom and interweave to create an imaginary scaffolding of conversations. Likewise the seepage of the real in this hyperreality often add an absurd logic that helps direct hysterical fantasies to a stable lull, only to resume it at another imaginary, fantastical conversation.

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Saira Ansari

Out Loud Thoughts, 2011

Vinyl sticker(s), site specific

“Thoughts that stay inside for too long become strange little people of their own and have very imaginary (or very real) conversations with each other. Depending on the state of our mind and our functionality in an accepted framework of social spaces, these conversations can be either insane or enlightening, or both. All we really want is to be understood, appreciated, wanted, desired. In the Out Loud Thoughts project I use personal statements from inside my head. These are private thoughts spoken out loud and presented before an audience that might feel like they are either part of an intimate conversation or intruding on something that wasn’t meant for them.”

(via saira ansari’s website)