Hospitalfield congratulates Madiha Aijaz on the realisation of a new body of work commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and developed at Hospitalfield through the Royal Over-Seas League Visual Art Scholars programme.
Exhibited at Open Eye Gallery until 28 October 2018, Aijaz’s video work, These Silences Are All the Words, filmed in a series of libraries in Karachi, focuses on the institutions’ relationships with the dynamics of the outside world, including the shifts of priority around language, publishing and financial support.
It is accompanied by a series of portraits photographs of the librarians Aijaz has met throughout the project.
Aijaz works with photographs, film, and fiction. Her practice is concerned with how people experience pleasure, privacy and entertainment in changing, often fractured urban spaces. She has been photographing railroads, traveling fairs, devotional towns and public libraries to read into found situations and conversations which embrace failure and yet continue to offer resistance. She is also interested in what the camera often accords – the simultaneous occurrence of veracity and theatricality in its reproduction of events and scenes.
Aijaz has shown in Pakistan and internationally and is currently developing a documentary feature on traveling fairs and performers in Pakistan with co-director Maheen Zia. The film has received support from Locarno’s Open Doors Programme and the IDFA Bertha Fund. Her book on the Hindu temples in Pakistan was published in 2014 (Call to Conscience, Abbasi, Aijaz, Niyogi Books, New Delhi).
Aijaz is an Assistant Professor at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi and holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons as the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship.