In The House of Irredeemable Objects (2019)

Nusra Latif Qureshi

Mild Red Steel
Embroidery on velvet and mixed media
105 x 204 x 120 cm

The Inventory of Noble Causes
Mixed media
250 x 150 x 200 cm

Commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne


Presenting history as a collection of overlapping fragments, Nusra Latif Qureshi constructs new narratives from complex stereotypes. In The House of Irredeemable Objects (2019), a truncated collection of artefacts functions as evidence of a distinct historicisation of Pakistan in which rulers and cultural institutions actively perpetuate mythologies of conquest and control. Mild Red Steel (2019), The Inventory of Noble Causes (2019) and Chain-Man-Equine (2019) critique the act of collecting and the nuances of exhibiting that honour the power of British rule in colonial India. The Ideal Floral Background (2013) explores notions of self- perception and engages cultural markers that embrace ambiguity and indetermination in lieu of a definitive identity.