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Drawing a Line: Between Tehreer & Tasweer

Issue 51
Text & Visuals | Rafi Ahmed

The exhibition, Drawing a Line, based on the architectural drawings, sketches and doodles of four designers, concluded recently at IVSAA gallery. The show was curated by Ayesha Bilal, Rafi Ahmed and Zohaib Zuby, and featured the drawings of Danish Azar Zuby, Ejaz Malik, Saifullah Sami, and Ali Reza Dossal.  These designers, while possessing different drawing styles, employing different methods and instigated by different motivations, are connected by the delight that they take in drawing a hand-drawn line.

The instigating factor for the curators in conceptualizing and enacting the exhibition, was a Paul Klee quotation: a line is a dot that went for a walk. Accordingly, the exhibition design was based on a line of text that “walked” across the gallery walls, connecting the “randomly” placed and “loosely” pinned drawings, borrowing from the informal aesthetic of a design jury pin-up. This line was also a loose spatio-temporal guide for the audience, suggesting the sequential unfolding of the drawings. The content of the textual line was developed as an extension of Klee’s line, which, incidentally, will also be used as a graphic interlude through the body of this text.

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About the author:

Rafi Ahmed, has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and has worked for several design firms in the US and Pakistan. He is currently engaged at Design Group Practice in Karachi and is an adjunct faculty at the Department of Interior Design at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He espouses a research-based, holistic design philosophy that explores the intersection of different kinds of mark making: writing, drawing, tinkering, painting, designing, and teaching, among others.

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