Christine Carr

Monolith – Christine Carr

With this series I am transforming contemporary buildings into fantastical power structures. I omit the horizon line and many details to obscure scale, and use available light from a particular time of day to heighten mystery. I am drawn to facades that are non-descript, are light in tone and have very few or no windows. The removal of context helps me to imagine what the buildings may be instead of being mired in what they are. I am both fascinated and unsettled by the transformed structures. Who built them? What is their purpose? What happens behind the blank walls? I am drawn to the sense of power that these emit and though them I feel a connection to ancient monuments that were important to ritual and memorialization. However, I am also intrigued that most of the ideal locations host stores, cars and entertainment, which some may argue are our modern day devotions …




About Farah Mahbub

Farah Mahbub was born and brought up in Karachi. She attained her bachelor’s degree in fine art, literature and psychology. Being primarily self-taught, she has been working as a professional photographer since 1988. Her photographic journey has taken its course through exploration of various genres, ranging from fine art, commercial, architectural and landscape photography. However for her, personal self-expression is best conveyed through fine art photography, which she continues to explore and dedicate her abilities to. Working formerly in analogue, her present work now is primarily in the digital format. As a practicing artist, Farah’s work has been exhibited in both local and international exhibitions including the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh and the Mohatta Palace Museum in Pakistan. Her work has also been published in multiple books most notably Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millenium. Farah joined the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1997 as a faculty member, where she has been ever since. Under her tenure, photography has evolved from a single class into an undergraduate minor spanning the Communication Design and Fine Art and Interior Design departments. Farah recently had her fifth solo show "Baraka Silsila-e-Nisbat" with an accompanying monograph. View all posts by Farah Mahbub

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