Gonkar Gyatso is a Tibetan born British artist. Born in 1961 in Lhasa. Gonkar Gyatso’s work comes out of a fascination with material and pop culture and a desire to bring equal attention to the mundane as well as the extraordinary, the imminent and the superfluous. These contradictions are often found in the same piece. His work can be very silly, uncanny, and even ironic and at the same time comes out of concerns that are shaping our times. As his own experience has been one that reflects a kind of hybridity and transformation, his work also holds this quality.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), The City Gallery (New Zealand), The Institute of Modern Art (Australia), the Rubin Museum of Art (New York) the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (Scotland), the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Burger Collection (Switzerland), the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam (Netherlands), and the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), Additionally he has participated in the 53rd Venice Biennial (Italy), the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane (Australia) and the 17th Sydney Biennale (Australia). His work is held internationally, in public and private collections.
Sun Mu, who was trained to create posters and murals for the Communist government, is the first defector from the North to have won fame as a painter in the South by applying that same style of propaganda to biting parodies of the North Korean regime. His exhibition in 2007 brought the artist international recognition and he has since been invited to show his work at galleries around the world. Sun Mu often depicts images of Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung, a subject considered sacred which only a few artists are authorised to paint. However, Sun Mu’s depictions of the Kims are unlike any official portraits you would see created under the regime. The artist paints Kim Jong-Il not in his trademark Mao outfit, but instead in sports gear like a Nike jacket or Adidas track pants.
Born in 1990 in Kandahar, Malina Suliman is one of a small number of female artists who have emerged from war-ravaged Afghanistan. After studying Fine Art in Pakistan, Suliman was inspired by the potential of street art. When she began working as a street artist in Kandahar, her work garnered global attention. One of her most iconic motifs was the skeletal form dressed in a blue burqa which highlighted the issues of identity, inequality, and oppression in Afghanistan.
Beyond The Veil – A Decontextualisation, created with the support of Art Represent, marks a new direction in the artist’s career. Bringing together, sound, video and substituting the graffiti wall for a burqa, Suliman’s decontextualisation of this highly charged item of clothing reminds us of how context can shift meaning.
From the banal to the poignant, the space is filled with the hopes and wishes of Afghans alongside a collection of international voices captured by the artist. A selection of these can be seen in Persian calligraphy on the burqas, now stripped back to their basic form as a piece of material. These are accompanied by two juxtaposing video pieces featuring burqa-clad women filmed discretely walking through the streets of Kabul and Amsterdam. In the former the item of clothing, enforced by the Taliban, is commonplace; in the latter, where a partial ban was very recently passed, the women are heavily scrutinised by passers by.
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Jamal's project Angels of War, exclusively available at Art Represent, discusses terrorism, and the belief that martyrs will be attributed angels in their after-life. Penjweny explains that this project is about “telling these suicide bombers that they already have angels with them in real life – they don’t need to move on to another life to find them.....These pictures were taken to encourage these people to move from darkness to light.”
These exclusive limited edition prints are from Art Represent's special fundraising exhibition with conflict photographer Luke Cody. After having spent several years in the banking sector, self-taught photographer Luke Cody began using the camera as a tool to tell stories. His works are a result of his self-funded projects to Afghanistan, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Ukraine. They provide insight into the daily lives of those in the midst of warfare.