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DC CORRESPONDENT | 17th Dec 2012
Young and promising: Fawad Tamkanat with daughter Afza at their studio.
Young and promising: Fawad Tamkanat with daughter Afza at their studio.

Afza Tamkanat, the daughter of the reputed artist Fawad Tamkanat, is not only having her second group art show but is also celebrating the selection of her works for permanant installation in a Paris museum.

Although it may seem like the apple did not fall far from the tree in terms of her pursuing art after her father, Afza’s style is distinct. Unlike Fawad’s paintings that come from personal experiences, Afza’s work scream social messages of global importance. “These thoughts come from reading about the atrocities across the world in daily newspapers. When addressed through art, the issues are brought to a more personal level and affect the spectator,” says the student of Masters in Fine Arts at the Central University.

Talking about a painting depicting burqa-clad women and the Eifel Tower, Afza says, “This took off from the French government’s move a few years ago to ban the burqa. It remains an instance of smothering people’s freedom.”

Afza, whose works have been chosen for the upcoming biennial art event in Vienna, following which they would be permanent installations in the South Asian room at a museum in Paris, says, “These works will stand testimony to history. It will be great if the world moves forward and these issues are resolved. But the relevance of these works will remain.”

Afza’s biggest inspiration to paint was of course her father, Fawad. But it wasn’t his art.  “I used to see my dad sleep till late as a child. And even I wanted to get up late like him and be my own boss and do my own thing,” she laughs.

Women and cats are common subjects in Afza’s paintings, especially her ceramic plates that are on display at the Daira Gallery as part of a ‘utility art’ show. The artist, however, thinks she is not ready for a solo show yet. “I think I need another two years before that,” she says.


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