Inward – coming in from outside
HEWING WITTARE is proud to present Inward – coming in from outside, in which Pakistani artist Maryam Hina Hasnain has been invited to display works at the 1B Window Gallery, Walthamstow. Hasnain, who has recently completed her UK studies at Goldsmiths, will ask another artist also originating from outside the UK to join her to explore the subject of identity. Sharing a space and encouraging an organic path of invitation, this exhibition aims to build friendships and provide artists with new considerations for their practise.
Hasnain’s practice revolves around ideas of liminal spaces and hybrid identities. She uses textile intervention as a means of unraveling non linear historical narratives – specifically that of south Asia’s fractured 1947 partition. Citizenship and language often surface as powerful signifiers and Hasnain explores the deeply layered web woven between past and present. The appearance that objects can have great independence through trade which is often facilitated by empires and colonialism seems a stark contrast against todays oppressive visa regimes and restricted global mobility. In an era of globalisation Hasnain deconstructs the surfaces of patterned textiles such as carpets to decode their historic imagery and literally pick apart their old production methods.
Hasnain’s work tries to chart complex narratives of displacement and adjustment through materials both familiar and alien, and she will explore this narrative alongside another artist who she will invite into the space.
Inward examines the idea of invitation collaboration and inbound practise where there is an importance placed on considering your own work alongside the work of others. HEWING WITTARE take the role of facilitator, inviting Hasnain to collaborate in the curation as she invites the second collaborator into the space. This exhibition will celebrate the relationships between creators and contributors to our common culture who come inward from outside the UK.
Maryam Hina Hasnain
Coppermill Lane, London, UK