Quoz Arts Fest 2024 | Every Color is a Shade of Black

Every Color is a Shade of Black

Curated by Lawrie Shabibi


“Every Color is a Shade of Black” by Hamra Abbas explores the concept of colour in the context of faith, identity, race, beauty, gender and personal relationships.


27_28 Jan 2024






Hamra Abbas, Hamra_Abbas


Renowned artist Hamra Abbas’s investigation of colour began with using cyan, magenta, and yellow (CMYK) to create black, symbolising the identity of the revered Islamic site, the Kaaba.⁠ This experimental artistic process allowed Abbas to comprehend the notion of multiple colours being used to create black, which led to the iconic body of work known as “Every Color is a Shade of Black”.

About Artist:
Hamra Abbas received formal training in sculpture and Indo-Persian style of miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She lives and works between Boston and Islamabad. Abbas’ work has been exhibited at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Manchester Art Gallery, UK, Asia Society Triennial, New York (2020), Sharjah Biennial (2009) and other internationally established institutions.

Curated by Lawrie Shabibi

Location: Corner Facade

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About the participant

Lawrie Shabibi

Lawrie Shabibi was founded in 2010 and opened its doors in early 2011 in Alserkal Avenue. The gallery initially exhibited works by emerging contemporary artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Over the last five years, Lawrie Shabibi expanded to include artists from other regions and generations known for artworks exploring identity, memory, history and socio-political issues specific to the diasporic experience.

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