The Mind of an Artist

Art Student, Chiamaka Okenwa, answers the question, ‘What runs through the mind of an artist before the birth of a true masterpiece?’ This is a question that plagues everyone, especially in today’s chaotic world where your identity is easily lost.

The answer to this question is what I have set out to find in my visit to ‘Identities’, an exhibition at Denk Spaces. At the entrance to the gallery was a display by the exhibiting artist Erasmus Onyishi. What had at first appeared to be a mere tangle of wires and clutter took form upon more careful observation as a colony of ants marching up the wall. This mixed media piece, Openly Closed, was perhaps what opened our minds to the existence of other forms of art apart from realism, a concept we had been more or less closed off to.

Stepping into the building, eyes began to fill with wonder. Each separate work was a colorful and vivacious expression of the same, special theme: Identity. The exhibiting artists had identified themselves through their work by their choices of color, line, texture and form, and each work appealed to all of us in different ways. One of Henry Eghosa’s expressive works, depicting a woman in the process of dressing in traditional attire seemed to whisper, our culture is our pride. Stephen Osuchukwu, in his dignified rendition of an elephant herd, drew focus to the matriarch elephant whose leadership position is almost synonymous with its identity. This female cow is the oldest and largest in the herd and is responsible for leading the elephant herd. Their survival rests on her broad shoulders. On deeper reflection we realize that, perhaps, we are a sort of matriarch when we are given leadership positions.

Obinna Makata, in his work Beauty Deeper than Cosmetics II, leads us to realize the need to maintain our own unique identities in a world where society dictates what to wear, how we should look and, ultimately, who we become. Another work of his, Of Race and Identity, tells us Africans that we do not truly conform to the label [Black], but our identities are rainbows of color, because there is a splash of something special in each and every one of us. His artful employment of Ankara emphasizes individuality. Just as each Ankara pattern derives its beauty from its unique pattern, so we derive our own from our difference in identities.

Promise O’nali, whose novel style would identify him in the farthest corners of the world, gives us another take on the term, identity. Because who are we, really? It is something to be deeply reflected upon. His works, in a cool and simple manner, induce the viewer to observe the intricacy of man’s journey through life, and the constant battle to maintain his true self.

At the end of this truly inspiring and eye-opening exhibition, I returned almost on a different plane of mind. I had taken away one general lesson. In the words of Mr. Nnoli, “Art is always involved in our lives… It opens the door to our individual creativity.”

And indeed, I have truly been inspired to open those doors, and reach for the magic in more creative ways.

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Neelam Muneer

Neelam Muneer is a Pakistani actress and model.[1] She appears on Hum TVGeo TV and ARY Digital drama serials.

Career[edit source]

Muneer made her acting debut in Thoda Sa Aasmaan. Later she appeared in Meri Subha Ka Sitara on Geo TV, Qaid-e-TanhaiAankh Macholi,[2] Shehr-e-Dil Ke Darwazey, on Hum TV Jal PariAshk on Geo TV and Urdu 1 serial Meri Saheli Meri Humjoli, her latest dramas include Arranged Marriage and Mere Meharbaan the last episode of which was broadcast on 17 November 2014.[3] She appears in the Geo TV serials Meri Behen Maya and Daray Daray Naina.

Muneer’s first telefilm was Achay Ki Larki on Hum TV. Later she appeared in Main Tum Aur Imran Hashmi and Wafa Baloch Ki Bewafai, also on Hum TV. Neelam made her film debut with the comedy film Chupan Chupai opposite Ahsan Khan, released in December 2017.[4]

Films[edit source]

Drama serials[edit source]

Year Title Type Role Channel
2008 Abhi Abhi Drama Rida ARY Digital
Thoda Sa Aasmaan Drama PTV
2013 Meri Subha Ka Sitara Drama GEO TV
2010 Qaid-e-Tanhai Drama Noor HUM TV by Khalid Imran
Achay Ki Larki Telefilm HUM
Aankh Macholi Drama HUM
Main Tum Aur Imran Hashmi Telefilm Hum TV
Shehr-e-Dil Ke Darwazey Drama ARY DIGITAL
Wafa Baloch Ki Bewafai Telefilm Umme Kulsoom
Jal Pari Drama Shaista GEO TV
Ashk Drama Zebunnisa/Zebu GEO TV
Meri Saheli Meri Humjoli Drama Ehsas URDU 1
Meri Behan Maya Drama Meena GEO TV
Daray Daray Naina Drama A PLUS ENT
2014 Mere Meherbaan Drama Muskaan HUM TV
Diya Jale Drama
Maang Drama Hira ARY
Guman Drama Samiya Express Ent
Kyun Hai Tu Drama Saba Geo kahani
Arrange Marriage Drama Roshaney Ary digital
Ooper Gori Ka Makaan Telefilm Nazish Express Ent
Kaisay Hoye Benaam Drama Rania Geo Entertainment
Bojh Drama Aizah Geo Entertainment
2016 Kesi Khushi lai kai aya hai Chand Drama Khushi A plus
2017 Wafa Ka Mausam Drama Tv One
2017 Dil Nawaz Drama A-Plus Entertainment
2018 Umm-e-Haniya Drama Geo Entertainment

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