In April 2016, Maryam Arif’s work was part of a German contemporary art publication, Internationale Kunst Heute 2016, featuring emerging artists from around the world; Arif was the only artist representing South Asia. The images that were selected were titled “in Orbit” and “Lack of Control”. This book was curated by Martina Kolle with a critique by Ingrid Gardill.
Critique by Ingrid Gardill (Translated from German)
Pakistani photographer Maryam Arif has been photographing since her childhood. To this day, her interest is not so much in Man, but in abstract things, spaces, or light. She observes very precisely how light
paths change the atmosphere of rooms. In her black- and-white work in Orbit, there are light bands that spiral through a strictly defined black background. The light penetrates the interior, but it does not illuminate. Even if it is evident partly through windows, it remains uncertain whether it is a kind of dome, the interior of a tower, or a shaft. The viewer cannot see whether he looks deep or high, but he has the impression of architecture. Arif leaves the situation in uncertainty using the fascinating, strict form as an abstract graphic. Even with Lack of Control, she remains in the abstraction, but plays in the digital alienation omitted with the color traces.
Beautiful, powerful turquoise, red, light green and violet interlaced without intermingling, while the pitch-black background makes the forms even more plastic. At the same time, the image appears to be illuminated by an invisible light source from behind. Fascinatingly in In Orbit, in particular, the form in its stringency, so here is the painter-free style with its fresh colors, which puts the photograph close to a painting. The work of Arif inspire in their surprising and unusual view of things.
Lack of Control