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Nusra Latif Qureshi

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Nusra Latif Qureshi | Pakistan b.1973 | Gardens of desire II 2002 | Gouache on wasli paper | 21 x 14.8cm | The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2003 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Nusra Latif Qureshi, 'Gardens of desire II', 2002

Nusra Latif Qureshi
Pakistan  b.1973
Gardens of desire II 2002
Gouache on wasli paper
21 x 14.8cm
The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2003 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Gardens of desire II 2002

Nusra Latif Qureshi studied with prominent teachers in Pakistan and India where she learnt the complex art of miniature painting, including the traditional techniques of preparing pigment, paper and brush. Her paintings explore political and historical narratives.

In Gardens of desire II 2002, Qureshi refers to a South-Asian, eighteenth-century Hindu Pahari painting of Radha and her lover, god Krishna ― the most popular of the Hindu divinities, often celebrated for his charm and love of dance.

In Qureshi's painting, the eye is drawn to the naked figure of Radha, who is held by Krishna. Krishna is rendered flat and without detail.

In this miniature, Qureshi questions the motives of power in the final overlay of Lantana camara. Introduced by the British in the early nineteenth century as an ornamental plant, it is a noxious weed and now considered a threat to native plant species.