Words hold different meaning when they have lived inside of you. Words themselves form the foreign embodiment of language, translating our feelings, emotions and our opinions. Every now and then they get lost in translation, left unheard, or worse, misconstrued.
Muzzumil Ruheel’s new show, ‘Misunderstandings…’, aims to portray just that and the “transitional chaos” that prevails in circumstances of such misinterpretation. The show opened in the Canvas Gallery on the 17th of September, 2019.
The works are derived from the artist’s documentation of misunderstood words and conversations. His work is made entirely of water resistant medium-density fibreboard and oil paint, in several free standing or wall mounted installations, comprised of font elements such as symbols, letters and punctuation, mainly in Urdu. The picturesque and unbound aspect of this work mirrors the narrative of ‘conversation’ in its ineffable yet self-directing nature, always up to one’s own self to give it meaning, uncertain as to whether the other person will receive it in the same meaning.
The show is expected to run till 3rd October, 2019, at the Canvas Gallery (Gallery timings: 11am – 7pm)