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27.02.2018 — Review

Madiha Aijaz: 
These Silences Are All the Words

The TetleyLeeds

by Fiona Allen

These Silences Are All the Words is Madiha Aijaz’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Combining text and photography with a series of short films, the project takes its lead from the public libraries of Pakistan. Yet rather than highlighting the grandeur of their architecture, Aijaz presents the library as an index of the religious, linguistic and ethnic composition of present day Karachi. Through a sustained engagement with their users and collections, the exhibition offers an insight into the major historical events which have shaped the city since the nineteenth century, including colonization, partition and its transformation into an international financial centre. 

 

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