of many contemporary artists, Lubna Agha’s artwork is highly
reflective of her personal journey. Born in Pakistan and currently
living in Boston, Lubna creates work that reflects both her roots
and her current circumstances. She freely borrows imagery from traditional
Islamic art, but repositions iconographically powerful form in compositions
that meld historically Middle Eastern techniques with a grasp of
color and composition that belies a deep appreciation of Latin-based
modernisms and early twentieth century Dutch abstraction.
Agha takes as a template ancient Islamic architectural
features, but then allows her years of travel and self-education
take the reins. She has lived throughout the Middle East, Europe
and the United States, absorbing the artistic and cultural heritages
that infuse her work. The result is a unique style that defies easy
categorization. Certainly Agha’s work has a strong visual
basis in Arabic art. Yet her work crackles with multi-culturalism.
Hints of one-dimensional North African symbolism and intricate Asiatic
design sparkle. Lubna Agha weaves a visual yarn, creating a language
born of her past and present, telling of cultures near and far.
“Points of Reference” will be Lubna
Agha’s first exhibition in Washington, DC. Her artwork has
been exhibited extensively throughout the world. Highlights include
exhibitions at: The American Center (Karachi, Pakistan), the Indus
Gallery (Karachi, Pakistan), Asia House (London, England), UNESCO
(Paris, France), the Rotterdam City Gallery & Museum (Rotterdam,
Netherlands), City Gallery (Kobe, Japan), the Pacific Asia Museum
(Pasadena, California) and Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts).