DUBAI | Jan 20 - Feb 29, 2020

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Confessions of the Wait

Confessions of the Wait is a new solo presentation by Muzzumil Ruheel.

Waiting; the inaudible playground for the mind’s festival. It holds an interesting complexity of time with an unexplainable sensation and a mysterious tranquillity.

Coupled with idle moments slipping away, the yearning for its ending carries a mystifying bittersweet beauty. Lost within this whirlpool of thoughts, feelings, self-reflections and recollections; one is overwhelmed and the thoughts turn into moments of joyful reminisce or burdens on one's consciousness making them lose their presence in reality.

However, sometimes there passes a moment of such gravitas that it becomes an everlasting instance of epiphany and leaves immeasurable impact.

Underlaying all of this is the feeling of transition from a temporary trance, like existence back to the real world.

This show is a collection of confessed thoughts and feelings during the period of waiting.

Ruheel brings to life non-existent entities that discreetly assimilate into our surroundings.

The work seeks to integrate his interactions with the space he occupies.?Ruheel’s trajectory acts as a catalyst for bringing these intangible phenomenons into their physicality; facilitating their formation from one plane to another.

Transporting intangible discourses into a tangible manifestation based on the discourse that ensues with core observation.

The artist is a storyteller who continuously questions, analyses literature and observes migratory patterns and their consequences. He uses these findings in his process to recreate his interactions with time, space, semiotics and history. Ruheel’s works are often fictional in nature and vary in media depending on the project.

Artist Biography

Muzzumil Ruheel is a visual artist based in Karachi. He was born in Lahore in 1985 and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Beacon House National University (BNU) 2009.

He has been part of the faculty at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (Karachi), the School of Visual Arts, Beacon House National University (Lahore) and the Visual Studies Department at the Karachi University. Muzzumil has exhibited both, nationally and internationally.

His work is part of important public and private collections.

Solo and group shows includes:

Misunderstandings..., Canvas Gallery Karachi, Pakistan. In Other Wor(l)d (solo), Canvas Gallery, Art Dubai , The Quantum City, International Public Art Festival, Karachi, Pakistan, Pioneer Artist Residency III, Canvas Gallery, Khushaab, Pakistan, Indian Art Fair, Tarq, Delhi, India 2019, Baato Se Baat Nikalti Hai (solo), Tarq , Mumbai, India , Point of no return (solo), Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan , In between the lines (solo) Art Dubai, The Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini, Milan, Italy, Multiple Narratives, Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK 2018, Hearsay (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Witness, Karachi Biennale 17, KSA, Karachi, Pakistan, Imago Mundi Project.

La Biennale di Venezia 2017, Lost in his own garden (solo) Grosvenor Gallery, London, Colombo Biennale, Srilanka, Digging deep, crossing far, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, In letter and spirit, Tarq, Mumbai 2016, The alternate life of lies (solo) Canvas Gallery, Karachi 2015, And his beard grew and grew and grew (solo), Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Letter Of Apology, Abhisaran Booth, Indian Art Fair, India, Dolce Gusto, Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi, Pakistan 2015, Letter of apology (residency) Kaladham Museum, Vijyanagar 2014, ...but some of them never happened (solo), Canvas Gallery, Karachi the Young Moscow International Biennial, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia 2014, Present Re-Inventions, Grosvenor Gallery, London 2014.

He was also a part of the Abhisaran Residency, India – a collateral event of the Kochi Biennale 2014.

Earlier his work was shown at Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, Wip Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, Still Exotic, Collaborative Project, Cairo Documenta, Egypt, Space Invader, Aicon Gallery, London, UK, Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai, Through Other Eyes, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and The Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Wales, UK, Parallel Lines, Cartwright Hall, Bradford City Art Gallery and Museum, UK, Media as Medium, UDK, Berlin, Germany and many others.


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