Tradition Meets Reinvention: Celebrating the work and ideas of Faig Ahmed | @AgaKhanMuseum

Be inspired by the captivating Faig Ahmed’s ‘Dissolving Order‘ exhibition that’s on till September 6, 2021, at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

The centrepiece of Dissolving Order is a deconstruction of one of the world’s most enduring, remarkably consistent art forms: the carpet. Like many of Ahmed’s sculptures, Gautama (2017), a hand-woven carpet itself, distorts familiar features of carpets, warping the past into something otherworldly and new.| Photo by: Romain Guilbault

Faig Ahmed is an internationally recognized artist from Baku, Azerbaijan, who represented Azerbaijan at the Venice Biennale in 2007. He is well known for his conceptual works that utilize traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets into contemporary sculptural works of art.

‘Dissolving order’ is a striking new display dedicated to the work of Faig Ahmed. The work invites us to contemplate upon the possibilities that come out of breaking the tradition and putting the pieces back together bringing innovation into the world.

Gautama appears to fray, swirl, and ooze right in front of the viewer — a helpful reminder that long-lasting traditions or established systems can shapeshift at any time. Everything seems in flux, and at the same time, we see new horizons and fresh expressive possibilities materialize right before our eyes.

Although the show was considered before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It evokes ideas and emotions that are all too relevant in our current moment of global upheaval.

Book your tickets today at: https://ticketing.agakhanmuseum.org/events

Know more about the exhibition at source: https://agakhanmuseum.org/exhibitions/dissolving-order

Author: Sujjawal Ahmad

Sujjawal is an invited blog author at Ismailimail. In his professional life, with his true passion for molecular medicine, he has realized how efforts to make a positive impact at multiple scales, personal, local, and global, are all intertwined. Sujjawal finds it extremely exciting to develop a deep love of cultures around the world. The stories that are about humanity, emotion, that compel us as individuals, connect our hearts and minds are the kinds of stories Sujjawal has always gravitated to, and the kinds he tells. Reach out to him via email: sujjawalahmed@gmail.com

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