Minahil Bukhari’s practice explores the concepts of displacement, trauma, loss and systematic infractions through the lens of political minimalism. This visuality creates a subconscious reality of impermanence and ephemerality. Having experienced displacement and its non-linguistic implications of loss herself, she believes these encounters are beyond the scope of language to enable comprehension. The focus is on a sensation and sensibility, erasure and absence. Bukhari’s work is a tangible stimulus to the intangible effects, memories, repercussions and histories that reside within. The work requires a detailed, attentive and extended process to unravel meaningful encounters, including and beyond an affective response. Recently she has been investigating her own patrilineal archival documents and deconstructing the systematic injustice that has caused ruptures in the validity of histories.
For her pieces, she physically scrapes away at paper fibers using a palm sander, which acts as metaphor for the complex space within which the intangible stimuli evolve. The physical scraping of a fragile surface, which is quite vulnerable already, helps slow down to realize the quest, which is an integral part her mark making process. Her pieces get activated with the notion of duality, as they reveal and conceal themselves depending on the viewer’s stance. Once backlit they reveal the different forms, which otherwise remain invisible making the paper seem almost untreated. Her installations encourage viewers to actively traverse into the intimate space within and around the artworks.
Minahil Bukhari a Pakistani-Canadian artist with an interdisciplinary practice working with installation art, sound, video, sculpture, and painting. Her artworks are poetic gestures that enable a sense-feeling about the topics which cannot be fully approached, comprehended or described within the capacity of language. She has created multiple large-scale installations immersing and engaging the viewer’s bodily presence. She has received multiple awards and her works have been widely exhibited in Canada.