Exhibition Without Objects


The artists’ PowerPoints in 230 MB / EWO range from more exploratory text based works to those mining image based archives. Several of the artists responded to the exhibition’s formal constraints by creating ‘events’ that took advantage of the absence of objects — for example, by working with the non-object based materiality of sound or by offering conceptual proposals in lieu of performance-based events. Other artists offered meditations on the form of the gallery talk or played with liveness and presence through Skype conversations.
230 MB / EWO links Lahore and Delhi as well as the cities’ inhabitants through the exhibition platform. EWO aggregates as it travels, growing in each instance to include artists from the cities it visits along a path towards its terminus. This route traces a line that is poignant for both Pakistanis and Indians alike, as it connects cities with mirrored experiences of traumatic population exchanges during partition. Within our contemporary context this route is also indicative of a particular directionality of the art market. This route and these cities are laden with spectral resonances and market possibilities that the exhibition’s format responds to by moving artists across the border for their events and conversations (visa and politics permitting). The show’s terminus in Dubai reflects more contemporary migration patterns, as the city has become an important hub for a range of subcontinental activities and industries, as well as a prevalent node in the wider region’s art market.



Artists: Ayesha Jatoi, Mehreen Murtaza, Rabbya Naseer & Hurmat Ul Ain, and Saira Sheikh.


Artists:Iqbal Geoffrey, Seher Shah, Ayesha Jatoi, Mehreen Murtaza, Rabbya Naseer & Hurmat Ul Ain, and Saira Sheikh


Public Program

A Conversation
Wednesday, 13 February 2013, at 6:30pm
Kavita Singh in conversation with Sadia Shirazi, 60 minutes
The discussion will address the curatorial premise of the exhibition, digital culture, and artistic and economic networks. Two of the artists from the exhibition, Saira Sheikh and Mehreen Murtaza will also be in attendance for the conversation.


Sunday, 10 February 2013, at 7pm
Saira Sheikh and Neha Mirza, event, 30 minutes
Saira Sheikh presents Deinstall with museum guide Neha Mirza during the opening. Sheikh and Mirza will guide visitors through the exhibition and discuss aspects of artists’ oeuvres that touch upon prevalent concerns in the discourse around contemporary art from Pakistan.
Landscape Proposals: A Conversation
Sunday, 10 February 2013, at 8pm
Seher Shah and Kanu Agarwal, discursive event, 60 minutes
Shah’s PowerPoint will function as a point of departure for this conversation between Seher Shah and architect and curator Kanu Agarwal. Shah’s slideshow takes the presentation format as an opportunity to test the productive frictions produced by splicing together recent photographic works from Hinterland Structures (2011) and Mammoth: Aerial landscape proposals (2012). The conversation will focus on autonomous objects in the landscape, as well as the role of drawing within architectural proposals in negotiating scale and erasure.
Cross Connection
Sunday, 10 February 2013, at 6:30pm
Rabbya Naseer & Hurmat Ul Ain
Skype conversation, 120 minutes
This event occurs during the opening of the exhibition and will allow visitors to eavesdrop or participate in an ongoing Skype discussion between the two artists, for whom this software is a primary tool of communication in their collaborations. Cross Connection will expand, in this instance, to accommodate any Lahori artists in the exhibition who are unable to attend the opening in Delhi (if their visas are not issued).
The Invisible Rain
Sunday, 10 February – 17 February 2013
Iqbal Geoffrey, event, variable duration
Geoffrey’s event is a generous offer of clouds sent from Lahore that will release invisible rain over Old and New Delhi.
7 Minutes of Occlusion
Sunday, 10 February – 17 February 2013
Mehreen Murtaza and AT (Azeem Tahir), sound piece played on Mp3 player, 7 minutes, looped
Murtaza shared her slideshow with musician AT (Azeem Tahir) who then created an autonomous sound track as a response to her work.

Sunday, 10 February – 17 February 2013
Ayesha Jatoi, sound piece
Jatoi created an experimental percussive sound piece consisting of the overlaid sounds of heartbeats.


Iqbal Geoffrey
The Written Versus the Art Writ, 2013
PowerPoint slide show, 25 slides, silent; 5 minutes, looped
Seher Shah

Landscape Proposals, 2013
PowerPoint slide show, 42 slides, silent; 3 minutes 35 seconds, looped

/Ayesha Jatoi

Images, 2012
PowerPoint slide show, 12 slides, silent; 1 minute, looped
Mehreen Murtaza

This Film Should Be Played Loud, 2012
PowerPoint slide show, 122 slides, silent; 11 minutes 24 seconds, looped
Rabbya Naseer and Hurmat Ul Ain

Reenactment, 2012
PowerPoint slide show, 28 slides, silent; 7 minutes, looped
Saira Sheikh

The moral rights of the Artist, 2012
PowerPoint slide show, 31 slides, silent; 2 minutes 3 seconds, looped

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