Born 1984 in Islamabad, Pakistan, Amra Khan is an Inter disciplinary visual artist & educationist, based in Lahore. Graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore with a distinction in painting in 2008. Has a Masters degree in Visual arts from NCA and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) Paris, France, from 2010- 2011 She is skilled in oils, acrylics & miniature painting & often expresses her talents through human hair sculptures & video installations. Her work tends to revolve around having two poles, different ideas and personalities living in the same body, conflicting gender, the male power and identity. She works to speak through and entice the observer to question tangibility. Her work has been exhibited nationally and Internationally, she Co-Curator ‘Stet’, exhibited under the umbrella of Lahore literary festival 2014 and has been a part of other curatorial projects. Her work was featured in the short film “Between the Lions” by Lewis Martin for the Cannes film festival 2011. Her work is a part of the Imago Mundi Collection, other collectors are Declan Walsh, Louie Talents, Raymond Canta, Jenny Lugar, Catherine Grovalet, Camille Sauvaget, , Mohsin Hamid, Salman Taseeer, Shaqeel Saigol , Ali Dayan Hasan, Salima Hashmi, R.M.Naeem, Amber Sami, Raza Ali Dada, and many others.
The Darkest Red
Manhood is an aberration; it is a struggle to break free of or even rebel against the fond nature of this universe. Men are trained to be “men” – the unyielding, the tenacious, the overbearing, the opportunistic. Men survive manhood training. They learn the rituals and come out a little damaged, here and there, between transitions, finally managing to make the grade as “just” a little functional. The greatest sufferers of the violence of men are other men.
“Femaleness” of humanity is inexorably tied to a time when a being is a fetus, growing and blossoming while feeding on the “femaleness” that is the universe. The development of “maleness” is complex and precarious, with an ever-present struggle with a natural inclination to return the way of the universe, restraint from which damages men while strengthening their “maleness”.
For the sons of Adam, the songs of innocence have given way to the songs of experience. The boy breaks from his infantile past; the brutal segregation is enforced between two beings that were once one. Gender is slowly enforced upon him. Roles are given not chosen. Choices are made.