Adeela Suleman's art incorporates themes of contemporary urban crisis with age-old artisanry, folk craft and folklore. Her installations and sculptures engage with the imperatives of living in a volatile environment, while at the same time they move beyond the polemic to engage with the formal and conceptual.
In this work, "Adeela Suleman uses stainless steel reliefs of natural objects -- birds, flowers, trees -- to act as storytellers. Interrupting these traditional motifs are contemporary images of death (including suicide vests), prompting awareness of the ever-present threat of violence and extinction and the transitory nature of all things. 'Death is a certain thing in life,' she says, 'yet even that has become uncertain.' Challenging sensationalized views of terrorism and other forms of violence, Suleman contemplates what's missed when overlooking the essence of life or even a peaceful, natural death." (Asian Art Museum, www.asianart.org, as accessed on 31 January 2013) Another work from this series was included in the Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2012.
She has participated in many international museum exhibitions including: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012); Arts Asia Trienniel, Manchester (2011); Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2011); Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea, Torino (2010); and Asia Society Museum, New York (2009).
About Adeela Suleman
Pakistani, b. 1970, Karachi, Pakistan, based in Karachi, Pakistan