Nusra Latif Qureshi
Promises of a Parallel Cosmos
Warrnambool Art Gallery
24 April – 20 June 2021
Promises of a Parallel Cosmos presents key artworks by Nusra Latif Qureshi spanning 2011-2019, alongside a new artwork entitled Maps of Lost Coves developed in response to WAG’s collection of Colonial holdings.
In Maps of Lost Coves, Qureshi directly references and appropriates imagery from three prominent-male-European-painters of the 19th Centaury Australian Colonial era: Robert Dowling, Daniel Clarke and John Glover. Characterised by their depictions of vast hinterland, abundant flora, and decisions to stage, sometimes imagine, the traditional custodian subject; Latif Qureshi questions the social, political and personal motivations behind their decision-making processes. Encasing the installation, a presumed European man looks dejectedly at the landscape across the room, joined by woollen threads; a maker of severed familial, social and country connections due to colonisation, and a reference to the prosperous wool trade of the time. For Maps of Lost Coves, Qureshi imagines an Australian landscape un-poisoned and devoid of greed and a lust for opulence.
This exhibition is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.