The Perfect Gentleman

London06 Dec – 31 Jan 2019
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  • The Perfect Gentleman is the third of a series of collaborative exhibitions held in London by Project Art Divvy and Rossi & Rossi, and curated by Zahra Khan.  This partnership aims to support and cultivate interest in a new generation of artists from Pakistan.  We are extremely grateful to the Rangoonwala Foundation for their generous support towards this exhibition and the previous instalment in the series.

    This exhibition seeks to challenge established archetypes of manliness and, in particular, toxic masculinity. Narratives throughout literature and history have depicted daring, brave men as the ideal: men who have stood up for their beliefs, defended their women, and demanded the respect of their peers and subordinates. These are strong men with an entrenched fear of emotional vulnerability, and who follow the adage, “boys don’t cry”. Similar antiquated references continue to pervade contemporary culture. Through their bold, diverse artworks, the artists in this exhibition respond to the prescribed tenets of manliness, including the behavioural and physical attributes of historically accepted macho bravado.

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    • Sophia Balagamwalaview
    • Abdullah Qureshiview
    • Saud Balochview
    • Zulfikar Ali Bhuttoview
    • Maria Khanview
    • Sophia Balagamwala
      Golden Opportunist

      Golden Opportunist
      2018
      Acrylic on canvas, fiberglass frame
      122 x 91.4 cm (48 x 36 in)

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    • Maria Khan
      Miss Fortune

      2017
      Charcoal and pastel on canvas
      101 x 75.5 cm (39 ¾ x 29 ¾ in)

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    • Maria Khan
      Berries and Men so Merry

      2017
      Charcoal and pastel on canvas
      91.5 x 91.5 cm (36 x 36 in)

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    • Abdullah Qureshi
      Not a commander

      2018
      Enamel on canvas
      140 x 110 cm (55 ¼ x 43 ¼ in)

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    • Abdullah Qureshi
      Thinking about identity

      2017
      Watercolour and Chinese ink on paper
      55 x 75 cm (21 ½ x 29 ½ in)

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    • Abdullah Qureshi
      The dream IV

      2017
      Watercolour and Chinese ink on paper
      55 x 75 cm (21 ½ x 29 ½ in)

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    • Abdullah Qureshi
      I always confused love

      2017
      Watercolour and Chinese ink on paper
      55 x 75 cm (21 ½ x 29 ½ in)

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    • Saud Baloch
      Inflict 2

      2018
      Photo transfer, jesmonite and gold paint

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    • Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
      Setting Sun

      2018
      Photo screen print on muslin, polyester floral print, floral print on cotton lawn and hand stitched embroidery
      91.4 x 122 cm (36 x 48 in)

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