And How Many Rains Must Fall before the Stains Are Washed Clean (2013) By Imran Qureshi (b. 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan)
[Photograph: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Hyla Skopitz]
Imran Qureshi (b. 1972, Hyderabad, Pakistan)
The rooftop at The Metropolitan Museum is known for its gorgeous views and is always very popular in the summer. This year, to add to the experience, Imran Qureshi has painted a mural on the floor of the rooftop using paint the color of dried blood. The image is shocking on first sight, as it resembles the remnants of a massacre, but upon closer inspection consists of highly detailed flower images combined with a splattering technique. Trained at the National College of Art in Lahore, Qureshi is known for his work with smaller detailed Indian miniature paintings of the 16th- and 17th-centure style. This mural is the result of his Islamic art heritage, the Mughal miniature painting, and Jackson Pollock’s signature style.
In this interview with Blouin ArtInfo, Imran Qureshi explains what he created “When you come to the roof you at first see nothing, then you realize that there is something unusual going on. If you look at the work from a certain corner it looks like a red carpet. It looks as if it’s been staged for the public. Just like when a blast happens — we are confused. It seems staged, as if it was written from a script.”
The mural is already stirring up many conversations and reflection. For more information read a great article from the New York Times here.
Roof Garden Installaion by Imran Quershi
May 14 - November 3, 2013 (weather permitting)