Please enable flash to view this media. Download the flash player.
So we ran to the Metropolitan Museum’s website and found this illuminating video and a bit about Imran Qureshi:
Three years ago Qureshi began to use red acrylic in his installations in response to brutal bombings in Lahore. While many of the world’s citizens have become accustomed to almost daily attacks on their streets, such cruelty striking so close to home provoked a deep response in his work. “Yes, these forms stem from the effects of violence,” he said of his visceral blooms of paint. “They are mingled with the color of blood, but, at the same time, this is where a dialogue with life, with new beginnings and fresh hope starts.” Given the devastating recent events in Boston, Qureshi’s theme of tragedy giving rise to a blossoming of new growth is all the more poignant as a message of recovery and regeneration.
The installation is called “And How Many Rains Must Fall Before the Stains Are Washed Clean,” named from a line in a poem by the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
Just looking at photos of the work we see that they are Painful. Hopeful. Heartening. Real.
They echo our strong belief that art/making/the creative process can transmute the darkest of events into light — that every moment holds that possibility.
We marvel at the valiant work some people take on…