Twelve Gates Arts proudly presents this collaborative exhibition, which comes to us from Australian artist Damon Kowarsky and Pakistani artist Atif Khan. Khan invited Kowarsky to collaborate in 2011 and the result are 20 “hybrid” prints created from their visual correspondence across continents. Each print stems from the layered drawings bearing both artists’ touch ~ which combine gracefully in imagery that is at times ironic and uncanny.
The work took 11 months, and Kowarsky finally met with Khan in Lahore at National College of Arts to make the prints. The show premiered in late 2012 at Rohtas II Gallery in Lahore as well as Rohtas Gallery Islamabad, with support from NCA and the Australian High Commission Islamabad.
Damon Kowarsky holds a BFA in printmaking from Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne. He has exhibited work in several countries, not least Australia, Japan, Pakistan and the USA. His solo show “If you look at the city from here.” was on view at Twelve Gates Arts in April 2012. Kowarsky has had significant engagement with the arts and culture of Pakistan, including as a visiting professor at Beaconhouse National University Lahore in 2007 and at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi in 2010.
Muhammad Atif Khan currently teaches printmaking at the National College of Arts, Lahore, from where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Fine Arts. In 1998 he was awarded the UNESCO-ASHBURG Bursary, completing a residency at Darat-al-Funun in Amman, Jordan. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Award and has exhibited work and participated in workshops across 4 continents.