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Diverse artworks by four artists continue.

ISLAMABAD -- An exhibition continue to attract the art lovers of federal city here at Satrang Art Gallery, featuring printmakers from three countries, who had participated in the Zaira Zaka Residencies programme.

The exhibition titled, Sharing the Same Sky, which started on Mar 10, showcases works by Sarah Hopkins from the UK, Li Yanbo from China and Mohammad Atif Khan and Zaira Ahmad Zaka from Pakistan, the collaboration between Satrang and the residencies programme has entered its third year as a cross-cultural exchange programme facilitating interaction between local and international printmakers.

Satrang Gallery Director Asma Rashid Khan said the exhibition was an effort to bring best contemporary art to the audience. The work is diverse and comes from three different countries - Pakistan, China and Great Britain - and each work reflects the artist's background and practice while promoting understanding between people and countries, she stated.

Each artist had unique perception and inspiration which they expressed using a similar medium. Khan used colours for his pieces inspired by nature and the Mughals. Zaka used white and black. Hopkins, seems to have been inspired by nature as well, and her work displays a mature depth. She had screen-printed her piece, resulting in a layered opaque effect reminiscent of old photographs.

Li Yanbo's prints were extraordinary in their simplicity and the advance mezzotint technique used to produce them.

Zaira Ahmad Zaka, the curator and a printmaker, said: This exhibition is a part of artists' residency project that I run through my studio and each year the residency culminates in an exhibition at the Satrang Gallery. Artists from other countries stay at the studio and we work together for three weeks, learning from each other, collaborating and experimenting.

I use different techniques to depict my ideology and most of my works focus on contrast between two situations and states, which gives the viewer something to compare and think over, she added.

Atif Khan, inspired by Mughals used the medium of digital printmaking to give life to his inspiration. These works show a blend of my inspiration from the Mughals and my general admiration of nature, he said.

The exhibition will remain open till April 5.

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